Luke 22:27-28 For whether is greater, he that sitteth at meat, or he that serveth? is not he that sitteth at meat? but I am among you as he that serveth. You are they which have continued with me in my temptations.
Insight and Highlight Jesus, our perfect example showed us the way of leadership and followership. Without any doubt, the problem in Jesus' earthly ministry was not leadership but, followership.
Scripture Commentaries Jesus, in His earthly ministry, was a perfect leader and an exemplary One. He led by example, gave by example, taught by example and there was nothing needful in leadership and followership He did not show us. In spite of this, the problem Christ encountered was in followership and only a notable few learned and were good examples of humble followership.
Jesus will not forget these humble followers. Matthew 19:28, 29 And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel… The more Jesus shared His heart with them, the more these distinguished followers shared Jesus' pain with Him: Jesus says of this exclusive class saying in Luke 22:28 You are they which have continued with me in my temptations. Of the others who were against Him, He said, Luke 19:27 But those mine enemies, which would not that I should reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before me.
Exemplary followers were those who endured as Christ endured the cross, they knew the heart of a leader, they did not leave Christ until they walked and worked along with Him. They saw His mission, succeeded. Notable examples were Peter, James, and John though at times, had momentary failings, yet humbly rose back up and were restored to the good status before Christ, Luke 22:21, Matt 20: 20-28.
Christ further says about them and other distinguished followers saying in Matt 24:13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. Luke 22:29-30 And I appoint unto you a kingdom, as my Father hath appointed unto me; That ye may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel. Those who hold fast to the one faith even though it leads to persecution, he shall reap hundredfold now, win a crown of eternal glory, Mark 10:30.
Remorse corner John 6: 64 But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who should betray him.
Call to Word action An unfaithful follower, in spite of all the good a leader does, will, for no good reason betray trust, Matt 26:15-16, John 6:61-67.
The Christian clarion duty A true follower will see at least a good reason to follow a true leader faithfully, doubting nothing: John 6: 68 Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life.
And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God.
Prayer Luke 22:27-28 For whether is greater, he that sitteth at meat, or he that serveth? is not he that sitteth at meat? but I am among you as he that serveth. Lord, help me, give me a Servant-Leader heart, in Jesus' name.
Good morning all and have a blessed day today.
God bless you.