There is another point to this story that Jesus told that we didn’t get to touch on yesterday.
It says in verses 12-15,
A man of noble birth went to a distant country to have himself appointed king and then to return….But his subjects hated him and sent a delegation after him to say, ‘We don’t want this man to be our king.’ He was made king, however, and returned home.
This was actually based on a true story. When Herod the Great died, one of his sons Archelaus had to go to Rome to have his kingship ratified since they were the true power in Israel at that time. The Jews, however, sent an embassy to Caesar Augustus basically saying that they didn’t want him as king. Ultimately, Archelaus received charge over Judea, but did not receive the title of king.
In the same way, Jesus is awaiting his Father’s “ratification” of his kingdom. But to this day, there are people who hate him and say, “We don’t want this Jesus as our king.” But whether they want him as king or not, Jesus will be king someday. And if these people continue in their rejection of him, they will be judged and condemned as the people in Jesus’ story were.
How about you? Have you made Jesus king in your life? He will be king whether you want him to or not. Would it not be better to turn over your life to him willingly, rather than to fight it and be condemned for all eternity?
I don’t mean to try to “scare the hell out of you.” I’d much rather talk about God’s love and grace. And God does truly love you. He sent his Son to die on a cross so that your sins could be forgiven and you could have peace with him. But if you spit on that peace offering, and are determined to reject Jesus as king, then only judgment remains.
The apostle John wrote,
Whoever believes in [Jesus] is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. (John 3:18)
The choice is yours. What will you choose?