Freetext commentary – The Worst and the Best

Luke 22:23 And they began to question one another, which of them it could be who was going to do this. 24 A dispute also arose among them, as to which of them was to be regarded as the greatest.

A lot of Bibles split these verses up with a heading inbetween them saying something like “Who’s the Greatest?” Do you know where these verses appear, what is happening, how the debate started? READ it first, spoiler alert below!

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Their argument begins by disputing who could possibly be the one to betray Jesus. The fact that there was debate at all tells you a lot about the disciples. They don’t know and there are enough facts to debate the culprit! Wow, but notice how quickly the debate changes. Who is the worst, most despicable snake here changes into a quarrel over who is the greatest. “Not only am I not a candidate for betrayer I am the best of all of you” might have been said. Can you imagine how sad this event would have been for Jesus who is about to leave them to die on the cross and finally leave them to return to His Father? Here is a meal that is truly all about Jesus and it has taken a diabolical turn into self abasement and self righteousness. Although Luke doesn’t include it I believe this is time Jesus stands up and washes their feet maybe even while they continue the argument.

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  1. Wow! Sad but beautiful too! It makes me think how we act like the disciples in so many ways. Yet Jesus is modeling what it truly means to be great by being a servant. He doesn’t yell or scream at them he just ministers to their needs. He loves them even though they don’t always get it. Praise God for the Lamb of God that takes away our sins! 🙂


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