And as they heard these things, he added and spoke a parable, because he was near to Jerusalem…
1. That our Lord's absence, here attributed to His having gone to receive a kingdom, does not conflict with other representations of the reason of such absence, viz., to send forth the Holy Spirit, and "to make intercession for us."
2. That the period of our Lord's absence is definite in its duration, "until the times of restitution of all things" (Acts 3:21), and also under the absolute authority of the Father (Acts 1:7).
3. That our duty is not to be prying into the mysteries of our Lord's coming, or spending precious time in making useless calculations in respect to the time when He will come, but to "occupy" till He come.
(D. C. Hughes, M. A.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And as they heard these things, he added and spake a parable, because he was nigh to Jerusalem, and because they thought that the kingdom of God should immediately appear.