The disciples of Jesus disputed amongst themselves about who is the greatest, Jesus thought them that the greatest should be like the youngest and the he that rules like he that serves. He used himself as an example of a master who is amongst them as he that serves. He commended them for standing by him in trials and promised them a kingdom where they will sit and judge the twelve tribes of Israel.
Jesus revealed that the devil is attempting to sift Simon as a wheat but He has prayed for him that his faith will not fail. He further charged him to strengthen his brethren when he is converted. Simon boasted that he was ready to die with him but Jesus predicted that he was going to deny him trice before the cock crows. He further briefed them on the events that will precede his arrest and death and charged them to be prepared.
Jesus went with his disciples to mount olive to pray, he withdrew from them and prayed alone earnestly to the father if perhaps this cup will Passover him but let the will of the father be done. An angel came to strengthen him. He met his disciples sleeping thereafter and charged them to pray less they fall into temptation. Right after that came Judas to betray him with a kiss, some of Jesus’ disciples tried to resist the arrest by sticking one of the soldiers but Jesus, rebuked them healed healed the soldier.
To be great in life, you have to humble yourself and the way to lead is to serve. Leadership is not a thing to lord over people but to serve the people. Just like Jesus, despite the fact that he is God and Messiah, he relegated himself to a mare man, served his disciples, served humanity by dying a shameful death and therefore was exalted to the greatest position. Do not seek position but offer yourself to serve others and allow God to lift you. We also learn from this scripture never to boast in your ability but trust God all the way.
I will humble myself before God and he will exalt be in due time I will not impose my leadership on others but will offer my self to serve.
Reading – Luke 22:24-53
24 A dispute also 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.
31 “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift all of you as wheat. 32 But I have prayed for you,Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.”
33 But he replied, “Lord, I am ready to go with you to prison and to death.”
34 Jesus answered, “I tell you, Peter, before the rooster crows today, you will deny three times that you know me.”
35 Then Jesus asked them, “When I sent you without purse, bag or sandals, did you lack anything?”
“Nothing,” they answered.
36 He said to them, “But now if you have a purse, take it, and also a bag; and if you don’t have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one. 37 It is written: ‘And he was numbered with the transgressors’[a]; and I tell you that this must be fulfilled in me. Yes, what is written about me is reaching its fulfillment.”
38 The disciples said, “See, Lord, here are two swords.”
“That’s enough!” he replied.
Jesus Prays on the Mount of Olives
39 Jesus went out as usual to the Mount of Olives, and his disciples followed him. 40 On reaching the place, he said to them, “Pray that you will not fall into temptation.” 41 He withdrew about a stone’s throw beyond them, knelt down and prayed, 42 “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” 43 An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him. 44 And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.[b]
45 When he rose from prayer and went back to the disciples, he found them asleep, exhausted from sorrow. 46 “Why are you sleeping?” he asked them. “Get up and pray so that you will not fall into temptation.”
47 While he was still speaking a crowd came up, and the man who was called Judas, one of the Twelve, was leading them. He approached Jesus to kiss him, 48 but Jesus asked him, “Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?”
49 When Jesus’ followers saw what was going to happen, they said, “Lord, should we strike with our swords?” 50 And one of them struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his right ear.
51 But Jesus answered, “No more of this!” And he touched the man’s ear and healed him.
52 Then Jesus said to the chief priests, the officers of the temple guard, and the elders, who had come for him, “Am I leading a rebellion, that you have come with swords and clubs? 53 Every day I was with you in the temple courts, and you did not lay a hand on me. But this is your hour—when darkness reigns.”
- Luke 22:37 Isaiah 53:12
- Luke 22:44 Many early manuscripts do not have verses 43 and 44.