19And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.”
20In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you. 21But the hand of him who is going to betray me is with mine on the table. 22The Son of Man will go as it has been decreed. But woe to that man who betrays him!” 23They began to question among themselves which of them it might be who would do this.
24A dispute also arose among them as to which of them was considered to be greatest. 25Jesus said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those who exercise authority over them call themselves Benefactors. 26But 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. 27For 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.
Then this commentary from a wise wise woman.
If we often find ourselves in contrast to Jesus’ perfect character, we’re not so unlike His original disciples. Their inability at the Passover table to pinpoint who was the worst among them led to a dispute over who was the greatest. Had Christ not already dealt with them over this issue? Before we are too judgmental of the disciples, however, we’d better see if their sandals fit our feet…
The remedy to our ego problem isn’t found in simply admitting we’re self-centered ego-driven status seekers who, like the original disciples, are slow to learn and quick to judge. “Guilty as charged” only condemns us. Left alone, it does nothing to change us.
When we recognize that the disciples’ sandals fit our feet, let’s allow Christ to kneel in front of us, slip them off, and wash our feet. Oh, how we need Jesus to minister humility to us. Without it, He will vastly limit how much He ministers through us…
Within hours each of those disciples would encounter just how “great” they were. All would desert Christ and flee (Matthew 26:56). …[Eventually though] Christ turned those 11 status seekers into humble servants.
~Beth Moore in Jesus The One And Only, pg 202, 203
I needed that badly. So glad my wife’s doing a bible study that’s even better for me.