“They supposed the kingdom of God was to appear immediately” (v11). When Jesus neared Jerusalem, people thought their own conception of “the kingdom,” God reigning over foreigners through the exalted Jewish nation, would appear immediately. But Jesus told stories to explain that “the kingdom” was all about welcoming and serving the King, not about winning. In fact, his parable of the minas, or talents, warned of the dangers of not really knowing the Master we say we serve (v21-26).
“Well done, good servant!” (v17). Our King has revealed Himself in Jesus, and all work done out of love for Him becomes part of His good, eternal kingdom.