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Parables Of Jesus Christ: The Nobleman's Return
One day, as He passed through Jericho, the Messiah was welcomed by a "sinner."
"19:1 And Jesus entered and passed through Jericho. 19:2 And, behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus, which was the chief among the publicans [note of interest: one of the twelve apostles had been a publican - see Publicans], and he was rich. 19:3 And he sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not for the press, because he was little of stature. 19:4 And he ran before, and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him: for he was to pass that way.
"A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return"
As a continuation of that lesson ("He added and spake a parable," verse 11 below), the Messiah's parable of the nobleman's return:
"19:11 And as they heard these things, he added and spake a parable, because he was nigh to Jerusalem, and because they thought that the kingdom of God should immediately appear [see The Gospel Of God's Coming]. 19:12 He said therefore, A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return. 19:13 And he called his ten servants [see also Minister], and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come." (Luke 19:11-13 KJV)
As is plainly stated, the parable was in response to those who thought that the Kingdom of God was going to be established by the coming of the Messiah then. He explained that it was not, but that He first had to go away to "receive for himself a kingdom, and to return" (see The Ancient of Days and Why Two Comings Of The Christ?).
While the nobleman was away however, some of his subjects rejected him - a condition that is as prevalent today in Christ-rejecting Jews as it is with Christ-rejecting "Christians" (see Grace Into Licentiousness and I Did It My Way).
"19:14 But his citizens hated him, and sent a message after him, saying, We will not have this man to reign over us." (Luke 19:14 KJV)
Upon his return, the nobleman rewarded those who did not rebel against him, but served him faithfully and obediently in his absence (see also Could Christ Return Tonight?).
"19:15 And it came to pass, that when he was returned, having received the kingdom, then he commanded these servants to be called unto him, to whom he had given the money, that he might know how much every man had gained by trading.
Just as those who obeyed him will get their due reward, so will those who failed in their master's service (see A Reward For Everyone).
"19:20 And another came, saying, Lord, behold, here is thy pound, which I have kept laid up in a napkin: 19:21 For I feared thee, because thou art an austere man: thou takest up that thou layedst not down, and reapest that thou didst not sow.
Fact Finder: (a) Immediately after the parable, did the Messiah make His famous "triumphal entry" into Jerusalem? (b) Will that event be repeated on a far greater scale when Christ returns?