Who’s The Greatest

Luke 22:24-30, John 13:8-9, Matt 22:26-28

This day is normally observed as Maundy Thursday but, there’s so much more that happened on this day.
Just to name a few…

  • Jesus washes the disciples feet (John 13:1-20)
  • The Last Supper (Mark 14:12-26)
  • Jesus exposes Judas (John 13:18-30)
  • The Commandment to love one another (John 13:34-35)
  • Jesus predicts Peter’s denial (John 13:31-38)

Don’t miss what happened in Luke 22:24-30. After He washed the disciple’s feet,  shared the last Supper with them, and gave them the new command to love one another, they quarreled about who would be first.  They just didn’t get it! Jesus, the Son of God, was serving them with the work of the lowliest of servants, and they fought about who would be the greatest.

Peter was pretty honest about the experience. He said, “You shall never wash my feet.” Jesus answered him, “If I do not wash you, you have no share with me.” Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!”(John 13:8-9)  I am humbled by the Lord’s response. He reminded Peter He had come to serve them and they were to live as a reflection of Him.  

They were going to be servant leaders in a world that would be hostile to them. He also reminded them to stay committed.  What was planned for them in the future was greater than what they were fighting about presently.  Jesus says, “You are those who have stayed with me in my trials, and I assign to you, as my Father assigned to me, a kingdom, that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.”(Luke 22:28-10)

As Jesus gave the new commandment to love each other, He reminded the disciples to serve with humility as His followers.  That’s the same charge for us today.  Whatever we do as believers, we should do it as servant leaders.

What must change in you for you to lead as our Lord did?

Lauren Dillard