Picture this: you are sitting down to the Greatest Meal in the History of the World…. God himself has deigned to invite you to the single most significant banquet… the most meaningful religious meal… in the history of History itself…. People will be discussing the implications from here until Eternity…. Famous artists will paint their impressions of the scene…. God is explaining the symbolism…. History itself…. Imprisonment in Egypt…. The Passover…. The Passover Lamb….
And… what do YOU think about at this tremendously uplifting moment… while you are reclining at that table…?
What’s in if for you.
What YOU will get out of all of this.
Business. Profit. Betrayal….
Obviously I’m talking about Judas Iscariot… and none of us identify with him… because he wasn’t REALLY a Christian…. A Believer…. Like me…. Right…?
Well… then Judas didn’t really “betray” Jesus… did he…? Jesus knew Judas’ plan… and sent him to do his assigned task….
So… what am I talking about…?
How did the Apostles respond to Jesus instituting the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper…. Setting the foundation for the Eucharist…? Communion…. Communication with Almighty God…. The commutation of mans death sentence…. The forgiveness of our sins… to make man holy… so we could have Eternal Life at God’s side….
A power struggle…. They started… or continued… a long brewing argument amongst themselves about who would be the Greatest…. And Peter prepared to betray Jesus… by denying him…. The first human to recognize… to admit… that Jesus Christ was the Messiah… was “I AM”… God incarnate….
All of the Gospels don’t give the details. Most don’t mention the episode at all. But… here it is…. Luke 22:24-34.
English Standard Version (ESV)
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.
Jesus Foretells Peter’s Denial
31 “Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you,[a] that he might sift you like wheat, 32 but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.” 33 Peter[b] said to him, “Lord, I am ready to go with you both to prison and to death.” 34 Jesus[c] said, “I tell you, Peter, the rooster will not crow this day, until you deny three times that you know me.”
- Luke 22:31 The Greek word for you (twice in this verse) is plural; in verse 32, all four instances are singular
- Luke 22:33 Greek He
- Luke 22:34 Greek He
All humans fail. Because of our Pride. Hubris.
Jesus came as the ultimate Servant…. To clean up our mess….