Today we will look at Luke 22:14-30
22:14 Now when the hour came, Jesus took his place at the table and the apostles joined him. 15And he said to them, “I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. 16For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.” 17Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he said, “Take this and divide it among yourselves. 18For I tell you that from now on I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.” 19Then he took bread, and after giving thanks he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” 20And in the same way he took the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood.
21 “But look, the hand of the one who betrays me is with me on the table. 22For the Son of Man is to go just as it has been determined, but woe to that man by whom he is betrayed!” 23So they began to question one another as to which of them it could possibly be who would do this.
24A dispute also started among them over which of them was to be regarded as the greatest. 25So Jesus said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those in authority over them are called ‘benefactors.’ 26Not so with you; instead the one who is greatest among you must become like the youngest, and the leader like the one who serves. 27For who is greater, the one who is seated at the table, or the one who serves? Is it not the one who is seated at the table? But I am among you as one who serves.
28 “You are the ones who have remained with me in my trials. 29Thus I grant to you a kingdom, just as my Father granted to me, 30that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and you will sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
23So they began to question one another as to which of them it could possibly be who would do this.
24A dispute also started among them over which of them was to be regarded as the greatest. Aren’t we strange creatures? We long for a pecking order, who is best and who is worst. We need to know our place in society, where we stand. Who am I as a pastor, pastor smith is definitely better than I am, but pastor Jones, well, I know I am better than him. Garbage talk and thoughts. Measured on what we see, or think we see of people’s actions. We try to position ourselves as highly as possible by comparing ourselves to others.
Jesus gives to us a new kingdom and the social structure there works backwards. It is those who serve that are lifted up as great, not those who recline at table. Notice that Jesus says he comes to serve. He is the greatest and that is how it is shown in his kingdom. This is the truth that Jesus reveals to us. This is how life really works. This is truth. And we know it.
Today we are learning to honour the people we ignored for so long. The kids that get $10.00/hr. for pumping gas or stocking shelves at the grocery store. The foreign workers that come and take the jobs we disdain like caring for our elderly. Those who put on uniforms and see us at our worst. Those who collect our garbage when we are away from home. Those who work to keep us sane by providing electricity and communication networks alive. Each of them literally risking their lives for us. And now we have to ask ourselves, who is greater? The truth of the gospel comes out.
Together, let’s serve this community.