My Perception of the Lord

How would you describe your relationship to the Lord Jesus Christ? Is he a bully who constantly forces you to complete your responsibilities or One whom you lovingly desire to serve? According to the parable in Luke 19:11-27, our perception of the Lord depends on our faithfulness to him.

[The Greek word] occurs only here in the New Testament, and means “strict, exacting, a man who expects to get blood out of a stone” (Moulton and Milligan, Vocabulary of the Greek Testament, i, p. 93a). Julicher-Fascher declares that if the parable had originally been intended to refer to Jesus the man would not have been described as “an austere man …”. To this the right answer has been given by Creed: “The Lord is a harsh taskmaster to the idle servant alone, and that because the idle servant has not their Lord’s business in his heart. Those who make their Lord’s interest their own find that their duty becomes a joyful service.”

Norval Geldenhuys, The Gospel of Luke, (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1983), 478.

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