Luke 22:24-30 Greatness.

It looks like the disciples finally figured that their leader and their cause was gaining steam. If things kept going as they were they were all going to be famous. It really went to their heads. They started disputing among themselves who would be the greatest among them, next to Jesus of course (v. 24 Cf. Mk. 9:33-37). From Jesus’ response we can see that they needed to learn that His kingdom would not be like that of the Gentiles-they needed a Christian view of leadership. The former take great pains to enforce their leadership-their “lordship” over others, and to have those whom they lord over to see them as “benefactors” (v. 25 Cf. Mk.10:41-45). Christ’s view of leadership was the very opposite.

Like the younger person’s deference to their elders, or the servant’s duty to their governor, the Christian is one whose leadership is to be one of service (v. 26 Cf. Lk. 9:48; I Pet. 5:3). Christ presents Himself as the example for all His disciples to follow. He came as one who serves, like a waiter serving those seated at the table (v. 27 Cf. Lk. 12:37; Phil. 2:7). His closest disciples were those who continued with Him in all His trials (v. 28 Cf. Heb. 2:18; 4:15). They had a living example of the kind of leadership that He had in view. It is this kind of kingdom which the Father “bestowed” on Him and which He has bestowed on His disciples (v. 29 Cf. Mt. 24:47).

However, He says of the twelve in particular, that they will sit on thrones at His table, judging the twelve tribes of Israel (v. 30 Cf. Mt. 8:11; Rev. 3:21). So as they sojourned in this world, their leadership was to be one of service. Our call is to exalt Christ. Like John the Baptist, we must decrease and he must increase. We also must not lose sight of Jesus’ reference to eating and drinking at His table in the kingdom, for this is the Christian Passover which he has just celebrated with them-the Lord’s supper (vv. 7-23). It is this new covenant meal which Jesus would not celebrate again until it was “fulfilled in the kingdom of God” (v. 16), “the marriage supper of the lamb” (Rev. 19:9).

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