Tuesday, April 11, 2017

conversation at the last supper

Then they began to argue among themselves about who would be the greatest among them. 25 Jesus told them, “In this world the kings and great men lord it over their people, yet they are called ‘friends of the people.’ 26 But among you it will be different. Those who are the greatest among you should take the lowest rank, and the leader should be like a servant. 27 Who is more important, the one who sits at the table or the one who serves? The one who sits at the table, of course. But not here! For I am among you as one who serves.

It was the night Jesus was arrested.  It was the celebration where Jesus inaugurated communion or what we know as the Lord’s Supper. 

The conversation, the verses I began with, was between some of the disciples.  It is eye opening and very, very human.  Don’t we all have some of this in us?  We compare, we negotiate, we climb, we do what it takes to get ahead.

But that is not the way it is with Jesus.  He came to serve.  That is all.

This conversation at the last supper of Jesus and His disciples was in the middle of the last week of Jesus’ life on earth.  Coming soon was the culmination of the betrayal that Judas orchestrated where Jesus was arrested, tried, beaten, placed on the cross and died, and He was buried.

Can you imagine what was going through the minds of the disciples?  They went from selfish to stunned.  Does that remind you of the battle that we are in?

Easter is about Jesus.  Focusing on Jesus and celebrating His death, burial and resurrection is what we, as Christians, will do.

Stop the useless bickering and climbing up the proverbial ladder of success.  Serve like Jesus did.  Easter was an act of service from deity for our redemption. 

Celebrate Jesus this week.  It is Easter!

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