May 14. Parable of the Nobleman

Lk. 19:11-28

While still in the home of Zacchaeus, Jesus taught a parable about His kingdom. Many were expecting Him to be crowned king upon His return to Jerusalem, so He needed to change their expectations.

A nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom and return. As the nobleman was leaving, he gave ten of his servants each a mina, worth about three month’s wages. These servants were to use their minas to, “Do business till I come.”

The nobleman represented Jesus, who was going back to heaven to receive His church at the end of time. At the judgment, each Christian will be required to give an account of the way he has used his talents and abilities during his lifetime. Those who were diligent in their labors will be rewarded and those who were neglectful will be punished. We need to remember that everything we have belongs to God and we are only stewards while we possess it. Our salvation cannot be earned, but our faith is evident by our works.

After finishing this parable, Jesus left the home of Zacchaeus and continued toward Jerusalem.