Jesus is King, Kanye West, a Parable, Kingdom currency and other stuff.
On October 25th 2019 something amazing happened. Kanye West released an album called ‘Jesus is King’ and it is now sitting at Number 2 in the UK album charts. Every song is about Jesus and the gospel. Please double blink! Whatever you think about Kanye West. Pause. A gospel album is Number 2 in the charts!
Jesus is very near Jerusalem now. It is here in this city that he will be praised as the coming Messiah with cries of Hosanna to the Son of David! It would also be the place where as the King he would lay his life down and ultimately provide the salvation for the world.
No one knows what is going on.
So he tells them a parable of the Ten Minas (in Matthew’s gospel it is known as the parable of the Ten Talents).
The parable is this:
A man travels to a country to be appointed as a king.
He believes he will return and so tells his servants to carry on with business and life knowing he will come back.
The big question is this: will he definitely return as king?
The response to that question varies: His subjects don’t want him to be king, they actually hate him. Most of his servant’s trade in some way, some more than others. But one of them doesn’t trade at all. It takes great courage to trade at a time of uncertainty. Some may think it wiser to wait and see what happens first. Let’s see if He is going to return as king first.
The parable ends with a terrible judgment coming upon those who not only didn’t want him as king but also didn’t live their life in the light of his coming.
Many view this parable in light of the second coming of Jesus, his return to earth physically. It makes sense to do that. But his coming will bring judgment as well as rewards.
However, at the time Jesus and the people would have been fully aware of how Herod the Great travelled from Judea to Rome in AD40 to successfully be appointed and returned as King. In AD4 his son Archelaus tried the same thing. At that time a party of leaders from Judea also followed Archelaus opposing his desire. Ten years later he went again and again a group went behind him disapproving of his rule. This time he failed miserably. The listener to this parable understood what it was like to live in an unstable world.
It is also important to see the parable as for then, as Jesus is about to ride into Jerusalem, to a city which will reject his coming. So we can view the parable also of Jesus coming into the city as the true King, rejected by a people who wanted the kingdom glory for themselves and no one else.
So how will you view it?
Past, present or future, it can work in all three tenses. That’s the beauty of a parable.
The important thing is this: will you keep on trading, doing life, in the belief of His coming? In doing so will you be ready and willing to openly display that through the way you live your life? In the UK it is a lot easier to do that than in a nation where much persecution takes place if you live as a Christian. There you may suffer through being pushed down, held back, maybe people may not even trade with you. The currency you use is not their currency. They reject your belief, they hate who you believe and they hate you. What will you do then? Will you hide or try and trade?
Jesus came and when He did people hated him, didn’t want him as king and people were not expecting him.
Jesus will come again to a world that hates him, don’t want him as king and to a people who are not expecting him.
Except for you!
As you spend your life trying to trade in the currency of Jesus, keep going, don’t let go and don’t hide what you have, the King is almost here.
Luke 19: 11-27 “11 While they were listening to this, he went on to tell them a parable, because he was near Jerusalem and the people thought that the kingdom of God was going to appear at once. 12 He said: “A man of noble birth went to a distant country to have himself appointed king and then to return. 13 So he called ten of his servants and gave them ten minas.[a] ‘Put this money to work,’ he said, ‘until I come back.’ 14 “But his subjects hated him and sent a delegation after him to say, ‘We don’t want this man to be our king.’ 15 “He was made king, however, and returned home. Then he sent for the servants to whom he had given the money, in order to find out what they had gained with it. 16 “The first one came and said, ‘Sir, your mina has earned ten more.’ 17 “‘Well done, my good servant!’ his master replied. ‘Because you have been trustworthy in a very small matter, take charge of ten cities.’ 18 “The second came and said, ‘Sir, your mina has earned five more.’ 19 “His master answered, ‘You take charge of five cities.’ 20 “Then another servant came and said, ‘Sir, here is your mina; I have kept it laid away in a piece of cloth. 21 I was afraid of you, because you are a hard man. You take out what you did not put in and reap what you did not sow.’ 22 “His master replied, ‘I will judge you by your own words, you wicked servant! You knew, did you, that I am a hard man, taking out what I did not put in, and reaping what I did not sow? 23 Why then didn’t you put my money on deposit, so that when I came back, I could have collected it with interest?’ 24 “Then he said to those standing by, ‘Take his mina away from him and give it to the one who has ten minas.’ 25 “‘Sir,’ they said, ‘he already has ten!’ 26 “He replied, ‘I tell you that to everyone who has, more will be given, but as for the one who has nothing, even what they have will be taken away. 27 But those enemies of mine who did not want me to be king over them—bring them here and kill them in front of me.’”