Prior to beginning his public ministry Jesus is led up into the wilderness where he is tempted by the devil.
Those silly apostles. In Luke 22 we see Jesus about to be betrayed, arrested and crucified – approaching the climax of His mission and ministry here on earth. Sadly, His closest followers seem oblivious. They are so self-centered they get into something of a fight.
“I’m a better Christ-follower than you, Peter, ” says one.
“You are not,” the burly fisherman strikes back.
“Wait a minute! I’m the disciple Jesus really loves,” says John, the beloved disciple.
“He’s just trying to make you feel good because you’re such an idiot.”
And so Jesus, with endless patience, interrupts. He takes a conversation about greatness and makes it a lesson about our willingness to serve others. It’s a lesson we need every bit as much as they did:
Now there was also a dispute among them, as to which of them should be considered the greatest. And He said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them, and those who exercise authority over them are called ‘benefactors.’ But not so among you; on the contrary, he who is greatest among you, let him be as the younger, and he who governs as he who serves. For who is greater, he who sits at the table, or he who serves? Is it not he who sits at the table? Yet I am among you as the One who serves. – Luke 22:24-27 (NKJV)