Daily Devotional Monday 20th January 2020

by William Moody

Luke 22:21–30

21 But behold, the hand of him who betrays me is with me on the table. 22 For the Son of Man goes as it has been determined, but woe to that man by whom he is betrayed!” 23 And they began to question one another, which of them it could be who was going to do this.

Who Is the Greatest?

24 A dispute also arose among them, as to which of them was to be regarded as the greatest. 25 And he said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them, and those in authority over them are called benefactors. 26 But not so with you. Rather, let the greatest among you become as the youngest, and the leader as one who serves. 27 For who is the greater, one who reclines at table or one who serves? Is it not the one who reclines at table? But I am among you as the one who serves.

28 “You are those who have stayed with me in my trials, 29 and I assign to you, as my Father assigned to me, a kingdom, 30 that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

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The solemnity of the Passover meals takes a dark twist as Jesus now speaks of His betrayal (v21-22). The fact that the disciples did not immediately think of Judas (v23), shows how at least outwardly Judas was very much one of them and engaged in all they had done. This makes His betrayal all the more shocking.

Does your inward heart match your outward profession to belong to Christ?

It is also shocking what happens next (v24). Jesus has just spoken of His forthcoming suffering, but His disciples appear to be oblivious and are focused on themselves about who was the greatest.

We must examine ourselves to see if Jesus’ suffering impacts our thinking and living as it should. Jesus’s suffering should create in us a great sense of humility and devotion to Christ. Jesus’ suffering should be driving out pride and self-centredness. Pray about this.

True greatness in Christ’s kingdom does not come in pushing self forward as the world does (v25-26). True greatness comes in serving (v27). Those who serve faithfully will one day enjoy wonderful blessing in the heavenly banquet (v28-30). A wonderful prospect to live for!

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