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Doing Kingdom Business…or NOT! - Part A

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June 14, 2024 6:00 am

Doing Kingdom Business…or NOT! - Part A

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June 14, 2024 6:00 am

Pastor Skip shares a message all about what you are meant to be doing as you await the return of Jesus.

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What are we to do until Jesus returns? He is coming back.

He said He was. He told us to be ready for it. He told us to anticipate it. But do we have a task until that happens? Do we have a commission?

And if so, what is it? And once we discover what it is, how do we evaluate ourselves to see if we are living up to that task? Today on Connect with Skip Hyten, Pastor Skip shares a message all about what you are meant to be doing as you await the return of Jesus. But first, here's a resource all about the Holy Spirit's power and purpose in your life. The Holy Spirit bestows many different spiritual gifts on believers, like prophecy, healing, miracle working, and more.

And each gift shares a common purpose, to edify others. Here's Pastor Skip Hytsig explaining the best way to use our spiritual gifts. I think man's greatest capacity is to be a channel from which the Holy Spirit flows into us, but then out from us, as Jesus said, like torrents of living waters. Dive into this month's Connect with Skip Hytsig resource to discover who the Holy Spirit is and deepen your understanding of how and why He gives spiritual gifts to believers. He comes on us to give us His empowering.

He has something He wants us to do, a task He wants us to perform. The Complete Expound Holy Spirit Teaching Series is our thanks for your gift of $50 or more to help this ministry continue reaching a lost world. Plus, we'll include a copy of Bring the Rain, Skip's book on expositional teaching.

Call 800-922-1888 or give online securely at connectwithskip.com slash offer. Now let's turn to Luke 19 as we join Skip for this message. As we begin, I want to take you back to the 1800s. In the 1800s, there was a group known as the Millerites.

I doubt you've heard much of them. The Millerites were so called because they followed the teachings of a man named William Miller. William Miller was a farmer from upstate New York, also a Bible student, and he came to believe that the world would end in 1843. And he made the announcement that the world would end because Jesus is returning in the year of our Lord, 1843. Well, a lot of people started buying into the message, believing that Jesus was coming back and the world was going to end. The message spread through tracts, camp meetings, booklets.

It was estimated that around a million Americans took this teaching very seriously. Well, 1843 came and 1843 went, and Jesus didn't show up. So they were very disheartened, very disappointed, until one night in one of their meetings, somebody stood up and announced a new date for Jesus' return. That would be October 22, 1844, corresponding with the Jewish festival of the Feast of Tabernacles, Jesus is Coming Back, October 22, 1844. People got so excited.

Now, what interests me more than the fact that somebody made an announcement that Jesus was coming, because that happens, I hear it every few years, somebody makes some announcement like that. What interests me is the Millerites' response to that supposed revelation. You know what they did? They quit their jobs. They shut down their businesses. They gave away their possessions. One store in Philadelphia put up a sign after closing that said, this shop is closed in honor of the King of Kings who will appear around the 20th of October.

Get ready, friends, to crown him Lord of all. So they checked out of society. There are even reports that several of them put on white robes, climbed a hillside to wait for Jesus to come back. Well, he didn't come. And they were, again, very disappointed.

In fact, they referred to that as the Great Disappointment. And many of the followers went different directions. The group, the movement splintered. One of the splinter groups became known as the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Now, let me tell you another story, and then I'm going to tie them both together. A few years back, there was a great Bible teacher by the name of Dwight Pentecost. He was a teacher at Dallas Theological Seminary. He wrote extensively on Bible prophecy. He was a Bible prophecy expert, and he was invited to a state, to a church in a town to give a series of messages on Bible prophecy.

So he taught six messages on six different nights of a single week. Five of the messages were on prophecy. One of the messages was not prophetic. It was just called the loveliness of Christ, about the person and work and nature of Christ, the loveliness of Christ. So he gave a couple messages on prophecy, and then right in the middle, he gave the loveliness of Christ message, and then he finished off with prophecy. Every night that Dwight Pentecost preached on prophecy, the church was packed. The one night he didn't teach on prophecy but taught on Jesus Christ, the attendance was less than half full. Now, both of those stories give a point, and that is, there are some people that have an insatiable appetite for the future, but they're not really great at living in the present.

They have all of their eggs in that basket, but they're not talking about their own responsibility. What are we to do until Jesus returns? He is coming back. He said he was. He told us to be ready for it. He told us to anticipate it. But do we have a task until that happens? Do we have a commission?

And if so, what is it? And once we discover what it is, how do we evaluate ourselves to see if we are living up to that task? In other words, how do we know if we're being a good and faithful servant, a kingdom servant, spreading the kingdom news, telling people that there's a king who wants to rule over them? All of those questions are answered in the text that lies before us in Luke chapter 19, beginning in verse 11.

Now, let me set this up for you. This is the final week of Jesus' life on earth. We are entering into what is called Passion Week, where Jesus spends that last week in Jerusalem, but right now he is in Jericho. It's about 15 miles away from Jerusalem, and he's on his way to Jerusalem. While he's in Jericho, he heals two men who are blind, one by the name of Bartimaeus, and he has an interesting encounter with a little short guy who climbs up a tree.

He happens to be a tax collector named Zacchaeus. Apparently, Zacchaeus makes a faith encounter with Jesus because Jesus says salvation has come to this guy's house, and then he announces the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost. That's verse 10 of this chapter. And then, with the crowd going up to Passover, going up to Jerusalem, he begins to teach them and teaches them a parable. We're about to read that parable. Now, I mentioned that Jerusalem is 15 miles away, but it's all uphill.

So get this. Jerusalem is 2,600 feet above sea level. Jericho is 800 feet below sea level. So that is a 3,400-foot climb within 15 miles.

It's a steep climb. So they're moving slowly. They're moving slowly, and there's lots of people because they're going en masse to Passover. Jews did that three times a year.

Passover was one of those times. So there were throngs of people in general going up, but in particular because they're going up with Jesus. They're following Him. They're listening to Him teach. What we are about to encounter in this section of Scripture, beginning in verse 11, are four different responses that people have to the kingdom, to kingdom responsibility.

The first, you can jot it down, but you also have it. I've written it for you in your worship folder. The first response is biblical ignorance, biblical ignorance. So look at verse 11. Now, as they heard these things, that is the things spoken in the previous verses, that the Son of Man has come to seek and save that which is lost, when they heard these things, He spoke another parable because He was near Jerusalem and because they thought the kingdom of God would appear immediately. Therefore, He said, a certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom and to return. So He called 10 of His servants, delivered to them 10 minas, and said to them, do business until I come.

But His citizens hated Him and sent a delegation after Him saying, we will not have this man to reign over us. Now, this crowd going with Jesus is thinking a lot about the kingdom, especially lately. And I say that because Jesus just performed the biggest miracle in His public ministry, the feeding of the 5,000 up in Galilee.

It's the biggest thing He had ever done in mass with so many people. And He is on His way to Jerusalem for the Passover. Passover was already emotionally charged for the Jewish people, and here's why. Passover celebrated their freedom from foreign oppression, being slaves in Egypt for 400 years. But though they're not slaves of Egypt, they are in effect slaves of another empire called Rome. They're under the iron thumb of Rome. So every Passover, as they're celebrating deliverance from foreign powers, it's like tearing off a bandage on an old wound.

It just bleeds again. So every Passover is emotionally charged. So they're on their way up to celebrate Passover. Jesus has just performed the biggest miracle. He knows that they're thinking about the kingdom. In fact, I would say at this point, messianic expectation is at its all-time high. They are expecting Jesus to come, because here's the belief. When the Messiah comes, He's going to set up His kingdom. And when the Messiah comes, He's going to set up His kingdom. And many are believing Jesus is the Messiah, so the kingdom must be next. Not only that, but He's going up from Jericho to Jerusalem, which means He's going to first hit the Mount of Olives. He's going to come up the backside of the Mount of Olives.

Now, this is a Jewish audience. They know their own prophecies. They know, for example, Zechariah 14, which says, On that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, and the Mount will be split from east to west. The Lord will be King over the whole earth.

All of that's going on through their minds, and they're thinking, this could be it. This is when He's going to set up the kingdom. We're about to see an earthquake in Jerusalem. But Jesus didn't come to overthrow Rome, did He? He did not come to set up His kingdom yet. What He came to do was offer salvation. As we mentioned back in verse 10, the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which is lost, or those who are lost. So, knowing what they are thinking, Jesus launches into a story. We call it a parable. One-third of Jesus' recorded teaching is in parable form. Parable is a word. Parable, lei, is a word that means to place beside, to place something beside something else.

So, it's to take something known and place it next to something unknown so that you understand what is unknown, because you understand what is known. So, Jesus wants to move them from the realm of the familiar to the realm of the unfamiliar. He tells them a story, a parable. Keep in mind this is way before the advent of television, movies, iPads, iPhones, where we are constantly looking at visual stories. Storytelling was the favorite method of ancient rabbis, and people listened to these stories with rapt attention.

It was their way of entertainment. So, back in the Old Testament, you remember when Nathan the prophet wanted to speak to David about his adultery. He comes in with the parable and says, hey, David, there's this guy who has a whole bunch of sheep, and he's rich, and there's this one guy who's very poor, and he has one little lamb, and the rich guy wants a meal for he and his friends, and he takes the poor guy's lamb, kills it, and eats it. David says, find me that guy. I'm going to kill him. Nathan says, you're the guy.

You're the guy. You have a whole bunch of wives, but you stole somebody else's wife and slept with her. So, that parable makes an impact like nothing else could. So, knowing what they're thinking about the kingdom, he tells them a parable. Now, this happens to be a very unique parable because it was actually based in historic reality. As Jesus tells this story, this would recall in their minds front page news, something that happened in their recent history.

Let me explain that. In the Roman Empire, Rome ruled the world through proxies, and he would allow certain houses or dynasties to rule under the authority of Rome. But first, they had to go to Rome to receive a kingdom. That's how Herod the Great got to rule Israel. Remember Herod the Great was the king when Jesus was born? That's because Herod the Great negotiated with Mark Antony, the Roman general, to rule Israel. And so, he ruled as a proxy ruler for Rome. But he died. When he died, he split up the kingdom with his three sons. So, one of his sons, Herod Philip, got the north, or Antipas got the north, Herod Philip got the east, and his other son, Archelaus, was given Judea, the south. But as soon as Archelaus becomes king, to assert his authority and to intimidate the Jews, he goes after 3,000 Jews and murders them, just slaughters them. Just to let people know he's in charge. Well, the people hated him because of that. So, when he went to Rome to receive the kingdom from Caesar Augustus to ratify his rulership, the Jews sent a company of 50 people to say, we will not have this man rule over us. We do not want him as king.

So, what happened is Caesar Augustus gave to Archelaus the right to rule the region, but not with the title of king, until he would earn the favor of the people, which never happened. But that's the background. So, as Jesus launches into the story, they're going, oh yeah, I remember that.

So, it's front page news. He takes something that is familiar, places it next to something unfamiliar, paving the way for a deeper truth. And here's the deeper truth in a nutshell. In this parable, Jesus is the nobleman. He's the king who leaves earth, receives the kingdom from his father, and at one point will return back to the earth. So, biblical ignorance is the first response. It's one of the responses to the kingdom. Second, spiteful defiance. There are some people who are just antagonistic against the nobleman, against the king.

Go back to verse 12. A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom and to return, so he called 10 of his servants, delivered to them to the earth, 10 of his servants, delivered to them 10 minas, and said, do business till I come. But his citizens hated him and sent a delegation after him saying, we will not have this man to reign over us. Do you notice here the difference between servants and citizens? He's got 10 servants, but he's got a whole lot of citizens. The citizens hate him. The citizens are antagonistic.

The citizens don't want him. In fact, the citizens will be named by the king later on in the story enemies. So, go down to verse 27 so you can see that. We're kind of skipping ahead, but he said, but bring here those enemies of mine who did not want me to reign over them and slay them before me. Unlike Archelaus, Jesus Christ is the good king, a good nobleman. He will die for their sins. He will rise again from the dead. He will ascend up into heaven to be seated at the right hand of the throne of the Father. He will receive a kingdom from the Father, and then he will one day return as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

But not so fast. Many of the people in this crowd claim they want a Messiah, claim they want the kingdom, but they want the kingdom only on their terms. Because in a few days, they're going to be with him on the Mount of Olives, and as Jesus sits on a donkey and comes into Jerusalem on the Mount of Olives, the crowd is going to shout what word?

Hosanna. Hosanna means save now, save us now. They don't mean save us from sin. They mean save us from Rome.

That's what they mean. And he's not going to deliver that. And he's going to stand before Pontius Pilate, and they're going to say the same crowd, crucify him, crucify him. And Pilate is going to be a little bit mystified and say, he says, shall I crucify your king? And they will say, we have no king but Caesar. So there are people in this crowd, there are disciples, they love him, but there are people in this crowd who hate their king. They will come to hate Jesus. They're listening to him, but they're antagonistic against him.

He came into his own, his own did not receive him. Now throughout his entire ministry, they hated him. In fact, the hatred grew and grew to the point that they were looking for any opportunity to kill him.

How do we know this? In John chapter 7, Jesus said, why do you seek to kill me? In John chapter 8, Jesus said, you seek to kill me because my word has no place in you.

In John chapter 8 also, but now you seek to kill me, a man who has told you the truth, which I heard from God. Why do they want to kill him? Because they hate him. Because they hate him. In fact, Jesus will quote Psalm 69, they hated me without a cause. So despite whatever religious zeal, oh, we love the Messiah, we want the Messiah, we want the kingdom, in reality they hate him because he will not give them what they want when they want it.

Now let's apply that today. There's a lot of people who hate him. I would say Jesus Christ is the most loved and yet the most hated individual who ever lived. Some of us love him dearly.

Many people hate him intensely. That's Skip Heitzig with a message from the series Kingdom City. Find the full message as well as books, booklets, and full teaching series at connectwithskip.com. Now, here's Skip to share how you can connect you and many others with the truth of God's word with a gift to keep these messages going out around the world through Connect with Skip Heitzig. You know, this ministry is really all about connecting you and others around the world with God's word, and we do that so that you'll be equipped, equipped to live abundantly in Christ Jesus. Now, I want to personally invite you to join in that life-changing work today.

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