A Bad Taste At The Last Supper
24 A dispute also arose among them as to which of them was considered to be greatest.
A few days after Palm Sunday, these disciples who have been following Jesus, watching Him heal and teach so many, were oblivious to what was truly important during their last meal together. They were so focused on themselves and their own importance that were arguing with each other over who was the greatest. It wasn’t the food that left a bad taste that night.
Not much has changed in the last two thousand years. We are still divided and self-focused. We still promote ourselves instead of lifting others up and treating our neighbors as we would want to be treated. As the new media continues to occupy more of people’s time and focus, we see men, women and children losing control and spewing hate, much like some explode with road rage in their cars. People so wanting to be seen to be important, that they are willing to destroy those around them who look at life differently.
How did Jesus respond to his friends who missed the mark?
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.
Jesus said, don’t be like the world. Don’t treat people differently according to how much they can help your own situation. Leadership is servant-hood! Don’t promote yourself, allow the Lord to lift your up in His timing and in His way. Our hope isn’t in what we can gain in this life, our hope is in how Christ will bless us for eternity so we can focus on blessing others
Is the Holy Spirit leading you to repent and ask someone to forgive you because of how you treated them by putting yourself first?
Will you humble yourself and respond in obedience to God’s truth?