Scripture: Luke 22:7-27 The Last Supper
I just love the Food Network on television. The one thing I’ve learned from watching the cook shows over the years is:
Every meal has a DESIRED outcome.
There’s something that the TV Cook intended to accomplish in preparing this meal. What makes a birthday dinner special? Or a wedding reception? Or that special date with a special young girl back in 1964 when I prepared a juicy steak and twice-baked potatoes for the first time. The MEAL can make all the difference.
Yet the very thing that can make a meal great can also ruin it!
The Three “R’s” of ruining a meal:
- RELATIONSHIPS – Conflict and Competition.
The argument at the table
The disciples all gathered together for the Passover meal in the upper room with Jesus. They all wanted to be Numero uno, number one. And what’s worse, each thought he was! Each wanted to be Jesus’ right-hand man, His Chief of Staff!
“What is causing so much disharmony among the nations is the fact that some want to beat the big drum, few are willing to face the music, and no one wants to play second fiddle.” ~ Henry Kissinger
The disciples had their own view of the Kingdom
Jesus followers wanted Jesus to be KING over the Jews, the Romans, the Greeks, and every political power. They didn’t realize He already was. He didn’t have to overthrow surrounding nations and governments in order to be King. His Kingdom is “not of this world” (John 18:36). He rules by spiritual relationship. The disciples thought they should be leaders while Jesus is looking for lovers and lifters.
“Mop Bucket Attitude!”
The LORD has a GREAT MEAL PLAN for us!
Dave Thomas, the founder of Wendy’s Hamburger, wrote:
“I got my MBA long before my GED. I even have a photograph of me in my MBA graduation outfit–a snappy knee-length work apron. I guarantee you that I’m the only founder among America’s big companies whose picture in the corporate Annual report shows him wielding a mop and a plastic bucket! It wasn’t a gag; it was a case of leading by example. At Wendy’s, MBA does not mean Master of Business Administration. It means Mop Bucket Attitude!”
In order not to ruin the great meal the Lord has planned for us (verse 30), we must go from…WHAT will I eat? to…HOW will I GIVE?
Luke 22:25 (NIV)
 Jesus said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those who exercise authority over them call themselves Benefactors.”
Earthly leaders normally lord it over their subjects, issue commands, give orders and tell people what to do and where to go. They are the BOSS.
In Jesus’ day, it was a commonplace practice of rulers to make gestures of goodwill. They might open the Coliseum and invite the public for free entertainment, or make their soldiers do some project for the common good. These rulers called themselves “Benefactors”, or “Friends of the People”, one who does good, as if their sole aim was to rule for the good of the people and not their own gain. They may do good things, but with an ulterior motive.
Followers of Jesus can’t be concerned with position or power.
Jesus said it: “But you are not to be like that. Instead, the greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves” (verse 26).
In order not to ruin the great meal the Lord has a place for us (verse 30). We must go from …WHERE will I SIT? …to HOW will I SERVE?
PLACE SETTING to PLACE SETTING–
It’s really unfortunate in today’s society that SERVICE has become associated with a business. We use to have “Service Stations”, where an attendant pumped the gas, checked your oil, washed your windshield, checked the air in your tires, told you potential problems with your car, and all with a smile and for less than 50 cents a gallon! NEVERMORE! And yet we really do value good service. We are willing to pay more if we know the service will be good.
Our habit of connecting service with business makes it hard for us to understand the Biblical language. In the Bible, the word SERVICE means the kind of work a slave did for his master. They didn’t get paid for it.
Just as we can have trouble understanding “service” and “business”, so the disciples had trouble bringing the words “servant” and “King” together.
Forgetting about “your place”, “your position”!
What did Jesus do in setting an example for His disciples?
He washed their feet!
What would Jesus do today?
He’d wash our feet.
You never stand taller when you are on your knees! You are never more in control than when you choose to serve: “…just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Matthew 20:26-28).
The Communion Song to listen to in reflection of your position as a true believer and of God’s Planned Meal for us:
Music Video: The Communion Song by Jonathan Stockstill and Bethany Worship; YouTube.
Photo Images: Google Image Search–settings, advanced search.
Bible Translations: English Standard Version (ESV); New International Version (NIV); Amplified Bible (AMP).
Dave Thomas Story: Dave’s 5 Values – The Biography of Dave Thomas.