In today's gospel reading from Luke 19, Jesus tells a story about a man who went out to secure the kingship and gives some of his servants money to invest while he is gone. Upon his return, he finds that some of the servants have invest wisely, while one has not. Things didn't go well for that servant. Jesus ends with this,"Now as for those enemies of mine who did not want me as their king, bring them here and slay them before me."
Doesn't sound very nice, now, does it? A rather un-Christian way for Jesus to talk, some would say. So, what does He mean? This is an allusion to the judgment which we will all have to face. Jesus is referring to those who would reject His kingship.
You see, rejecting Jesus' kingship will result in death. Not physical death - that will come upon all of us unless He returns. But spiritual death and perhaps even eternal death. So you see, the stakes are quite high. Allow Jesus to be king of your life today, and every day.
Father, may we never reject Jesus' authority as king of our lives, that we may live eternally with you. Amen.
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