Jesus was eager to celebrate Passover with his disciples. His body was to be broken and given for them; the new covenant would be given in his blood. Understandably, the disciples could not comprehend his meaning, nor the fullness of Jesus’ Messiahship. They blatantly interrupted the solemnity with a dispute about which of them was the greatest. Though Jesus had addressed the higher roles of humility and servitude multiple times, he reaffirmed the concepts by describing his role: “I am among you as the one who serves.” (Luke 22:27) His death would be his final act of service. As Christ’s followers, we are to follow his example: die to self, and serve.
The disciples were witnesses to Jesus’ life and work. Luke emphasizes that they would also be assigned the same work as they spread the gospel and mission of the Church. Jesus prayed that evil would not overtake them in their efforts. He said, “You are those who have stayed with me in my trials.” (Luke 22:28) His words affirmed their past dedication, but also propelled them toward the trials that servitude would bring.
Prayer: God who conquered death, help us to die to self, and to serve you faithfully in every trial. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by Tonya Brittain,
Intern at Joy Lutheran Church, in Richmond, TX.