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Luke 19:11-27

Occupy till Christ Returns!

Life B-P Church Worship I & II, 1st January 2017

Text: Luke 19:11-27


Background of the Parable:

·         Jesus was about to begin His final journey to Jerusalem.

·         Messianic expectations had reached their highest level (v.11).

·         He told a parable to help His disciples understand that certain events must take place first before His kingdom is established.

·         It was based on a historical event – Archelaus went to Rome in 4 BC to be confirmed as the king of Judea by Caesar Augustus.


There are three important truths that we can learn from this parable:


1. Christ Has the Authority to Rule over All

·         Jesus knew that within a few days after arriving in Jerusalem He would be betrayed and crucified there, but would rise from the dead and receive all authority in heaven and in earth (cf. Matthew 28:18,19).

·         He would then ascend up to heaven (the “far country” in v.12) and wait until it is time to claim His earthly kingdom.

·         Satan will attempt to rally the whole world to rebel (cf. v.14 – “…his citizens hated him, and sent a message after him, saying, We will not have this man to reign over us.”).

·         This rebellion will end when Jesus returns to reign over all the earth.

·         Applications: Since these end-time events are revealed in His Word, you can have full assurance that your future is secure in His hands.

·         Make sure that you are truly in His kingdom: Are you fully submitting to Him now? (cf. Zacchaeus, vv.1-10; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9)


2. Christ Requires Us to Use His Gift for His Glory

·         The servants received the same amount of money from their master.

·         They were to use it well for his profit by trading or investing
(This is the meaning of the word ‘occupy’ in v.13).

·        We have received the Gospel of Christ and all the blessings of salvation as a gift from the Lord.

·         We are to use it well for His glory by applying it to transform every aspect of our life. The Lord can then use us to bless the lives of others and to bring souls into His kingdom.

·         Application: Make it your personal goal to occupy till Christ returns!


3. Christ Will Reward Us if We Are Faithful

·         “Well, thou good servant: because thou hast been faithful in a very little, have thou authority over ten cities.” (v.17)

·         All who are saved will not be judged at the Great White Throne (Revelation 20:11-13) but at the Judgment Seat of Christ (Romans 14:10; 2 Corinthians 5:10; 2 Timothy 4:8).

·         This judgement is not to decide on whether we go to heaven or hell but on the rewards we receive (cf. Hebrews 10:17).

·         In the parable the first two servants were rewarded but the third servant was rebuked and his pound was taken away.

·         His rebellious heart is revealed in what he said to his master – “…thou art an austere man: thou takest up that thou layedst not down, and reapest that thou didst not sow.” (v.21)

·         This parable is not so much a description of what will take place at the bema judgment, but of the faithfulness that is required of God’s people.

·         Application: Do you look forward to receiving rewards from the Lord Jesus Christ? (cf. James 2:26; 1 Corinthians 2:9)


Questions for Personal Reflection:

1.       How should your understanding of God’s sovereignty affect your view of the present developments in the world?


2.      How will you give greater priority to doing what the Lord wants rather than what you want to do? 

Vision & Mission


To build a united church family that is committed to making disciples through Salvation, Sanctification and Service, to the glory of God.

Verse for the Week

February 18 & 25 - Fruit of Obedience

If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love. John 15:10