LUKE 22: 14 – 27
The Last Supper
14 When the time came, Jesus and the apostles sat down together at the table.[a] 15 Jesus said, “I have been very eager to eat this Passover meal with you before my suffering begins. 16 For I tell you now that I won’t eat this meal again until its meaning is fulfilled in the Kingdom of God.”
17 Then he took a cup of wine and gave thanks to God for it. Then he said, “Take this and share it among yourselves. 18 For I will not drink wine again until the Kingdom of God has come.”
19 He took some bread and gave thanks to God for it. Then he broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”
20 After supper he took another cup of wine and said, “This cup is the new covenant between God and his people—an agreement confirmed with my blood, which is poured out as a sacrifice for you.
21 “But here at this table, sitting among us as a friend, is the man who will betray me. 22 For it has been determined that the Son of Man[c] must die. But what sorrow awaits the one who betrays him.” 23 The disciples began to ask each other which of them would ever do such a thing.
24 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.
- Yesterday, we considered Jesus’ words as He washed the disciples’ feet and today we AGAIN hear Him telling His disciples that they should serve and “take the lowest rank”. Jesus has little time left, yet He is reiterating the importance of being a servant. Reflect on how you served yesterday. Reflect on how you wish to serve others in the future.
You can go to inewhope.org and click on the “I WANT TO SERVE” button. Make a commitment to be a blessing to others today.Jesus is also stating clearly here that He will humble Himself to death on our behalf – the ultimate sacrifice of His very life is made by Jesus, who is both our King and our servant. Take some time to do a personal communion today – by yourself, gather a bit of bread and something to drink and repeat verses 19 and 20 as you reflect on the gift that Jesus has offered to us all.