“But as for these enemies of mine, who did not want me to reign over them, bring them here and slaughter them before me.” Luke 19:27
There are times when I read the words of Jesus and I have a little mental jolt. It is almost as if my mind leans back in a chair a little too far and, for a split second, thinks it is going to fall over. This verse does that to me. To my modern mind, this sounds far more like a scene from Game of Thrones than a parable of Jesus. Isn’t this the same person who said “blessed are the meek” and “blessed are the peacemakers?”
The key to understanding this lies in the context of this parable. It comes right before the description of Jesus’s Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem. As he rode in, people shouted “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord!” It is clear: Jesus is the returning ruler spoken of in The Parable of the Ten Minas.
However, we see that right after this reception that Jesus is described as weeping over Jerusalem, saying “Would that you, even you, had known on this day the things that make for peace!.” These are not tears of joy, but they are bitter tears full of knowledge about what is about to happen to Him and to the people who reject him.
The cross of Christ is the greatest rescue mission the world has ever known. From eternity past, all of history pointed to the redemption that Christ would bring to His people. It is there that we find clarity for how Jesus can both extol the meek and peacemakers while calling for his enemies to be slaughtered before him.
He is not a tyrant, capriciously killing those who don’t submit to him. Instead, he is a groom who will let no enemy stand in the way of winning back His bride. He is a rightful king who liberates a people in bondage to a false master. His enemies are slaughtered because they try and stand in the way of what is His alone.
After the cross, Jesus rose from the dead and ascended into heaven. He promised us that he will return again soon to permanently establish His kingdom on earth. Until then, he calls us to prepare the way, making disciples out of rebels and bringing life to the dead.
Scripture: Luke 19:11-27 Sermon: “Serve Your King: Make Disciples”
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Confession of Faith: Westminster Larger Catechism
Q. 45. How doth Christ execute the office of a king?
A. Christ executeth the office of a king, in calling out of the world a people to himself, and giving them officers, laws, and censures, by which he visibly governs them; in bestowing saving grace upon his elect, rewarding their obedience, and correcting them for their sins, preserving and supporting them under all their temptations and sufferings, restraining and overcoming all their enemies, and powerfully ordering all things for his own glory, and their good; and also in taking vengeance on the rest, who know not God, and obey not the gospel.