Jesus’ Last Teachings (Luke 22:21-38)

But the hand of him who is going to betray me is with mine on the table. 22 The Son of Man will go as it has been decreed, but woe to that man who betrays him.” 23 They began to question among themselves which of them it might be who would do this.

24 Also a dispute arose among them as to which of them was considered to be greatest. 25 Jesus said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those who exercise authority over them call themselves Benefactors. 26 But you are not to be like that. Instead, the greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves. 27 For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one who is at the table? But I am among you as one who serves. 28 You are those who have stood by me in my trials. 29 And I confer on you a kingdom, just as my Father conferred one on me, 30 so that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom and sit on thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

 (Luke 22:21-30)

Learn it:

            During the last supper, Jesus takes the opportunity to impart some last wisdom to his disciples.  The first thing he tackles is the betrayal of Judas.  He does not specifically name Judas, but he tells his disciples that one of them will betray him.  He says that he will still willingly fulfill what Scripture says and he will go to his death.  He also gives a warning to the one who betrays him that they will be judged for their actions.  At this, the disciples are curious as to who this person may be, and they begin talking amongst themselves about who it is.  I wonder what Judas did during that time. 

            After the talk of betrayal, the disciple’s transition into the topic of who is the greatest disciple.  They lose fact of the news the Jesus is going to be betrayed and be led to his death.  Instead, they focus on themselves and how great they are.  They compare themselves to one another.  Jesus wants to correct this thinking and remind them of what the Kingdom of God will be like.  He tells them that they need to be like servants.  They have to humble themselves and take the lowest position in society.  The is the most powerful place to be in the Kingdom of God.  There is also a reward for the disciples if they take that place.  They will eat at the table of God and they will judge Israel. 

Live it:

            The first part of this section is about betrayal.  We are warned many times through the New Testament to be aware of false teachers and those who will claim to be followers of Christ but will lead people astray.  This does not mean we are constantly looking for ways to discredit people because the church should be a safe place for people to come.  Yet, we must be active readers of the Bible and making sure we know the truth that is in it.  This is a lifelong endeavor for all of us! 

            Throughout the gospels, Jesus is always elevating the position of a servant.  It makes sense that in his last time with the disciples he stresses the importance of that role again.  We must be servants in all areas of our lives.  If you are married, be a servant to your spouse.  If you live by people, serve your neighbors.  Serve in your communities and in your church.  We serve to glorify God and it will eventually open up doors to share the gospel.  How can you serve others in your daily life?  Look for small things you can do and hopefully, it will become a lifestyle. 

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