When the hour came, Jesus and his apostles reclined at the table. And he said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfillment in the kingdom of God.”
After taking the cup, he gave thanks and said, “Take this and divide it among you. For I tell you I will not drink again from the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.”
And 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.”
In 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. But the hand of him who is going to betray me is with mine on the table. The Son of Man will go as it has been decreed. But woe to that man who betrays him!” They began to question among themselves which of them it might be who would do this.
A dispute also arose among them as to which of them was considered to be greatest. Luke 22:14-24
Jesus had been with his closest disciples for three years. He walked with them, taught to them, ate meals with Him, and watched Him perform miracles. So when Jesus was breaking bread with them for the last time before He was to be crucified, what was their conversation about: greatness in the Kingdom of God. Now before we go accusing these men of being uncaring and clueless, consider what Jesus had just told them. He told them He was preparing to die and . . . that one of them was going to betray Him. That was a double “whammy” in just a few verses.
Of course they were going to tell Him that he wouldn’t die, but He was now accusing one of them of betrayal. So what did they do? They went into Self Preservation mode.
“Not me. Not me. Not me. Oh and by the way, I’ll be the greatest in the Kingdom. ”
Sadly, we are much like them, aren’t we? We betray Him more than we like to admit. We don’t speak out against His name being taken in vain.
And greatness in the Kingdom? Any time we do something for the rewards it might bring us (instead of doing it out of sheer obedience), we’re vying for a greater spot in Heaven.
The point of this devotional is not to point out the errors of our faith and obedience. No, the point is that regardless of who we are, we fall short of the glory of God. We are sinners in need of a Savior. It’s the whole point of the Easter message.
We don’t need greatness; we need a Savior.
All day, every day.