For who is the greater, one who reclines at table or one who serves? Is it not the one who reclines at table? But I am among you as the one who serves.” (Luke 22:27, ESV)

Jesus could hardly have made a more unexpected, surprising comment to his disciples than this.

The answer to his question is: the one who reclines at the table is greater, because he is being served.  Jesus understood this; the disciples understood this.  Jesus upends everything.  “Even though the one who is being served is greater (in the eyes of the world), Jesus says, ‘I am among you as one who serves.'”

Jesus totally overthrows our notions of what it means to be a leader and what it means to serve.  So unexpected and unusual is this teaching on leadership and greatness, that we still struggle with it 2000 years later in the church.

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