Friday

24 August 2012

"For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one at the table? But I am among you as one who serves." (v. 27)


Background

Here, Jesus and the disciples are approaching a turning point in history, with the events of the Passion, including Good Friday and Easter Sunday - a weekend that would change the world forever, a weekend that we'd still be building a faith around 2,000 years later.

You would think that, at this point, the disciples would unite themselves behind Jesus, do all they could to be united as a group behind Jesus. But no! The passage starts by telling us, "a dispute also arose among them as to which of them was considered to be the greatest" (v. 24).

One of the most amazing things about Jesus is that it's not about status, or who is greater. In fact, he says, "I am among you as one who serves" (v. 27). What a lesson for us in our discipleship! This is Jesus, Son of God, and Saviour of the World saying that he is 'among you to serve'.

The story of Jesus washing the disciples' feet (John 13:1-17) is a classic example of the kind of servant leadership that we are called to as Christians.

Discipleship is about living a life of service. As Tom Wright (the research professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at University of St Andrews and former Bishop of Durham) writes, "This standing on its head of the world's idea of greatness is central not only to all Christian work and ministry; it is the key to what Jesus was all about."


To ponder:

  • Jesus calls us to be servants. How does your Christian walk reflect the life of service that Jesus calls us to?
  • What more could you do to serve your church, your community and your world?

 

Bible notes author: Sam Taylor

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