What an amazingly rich passage of Scripture we have this morning! Here’s how it breaks down:
Beginning of the Lord’s Supper (14-23)
The purpose of the Lord’s Supper is to remind us of the Gospel. It is an active way for us to personalize the shed blood and broken body of Christ. Another passage of scripture that teaches on the Lord’s Supper is found in 1 Corinthians 11:27-29—
27 Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty concerning the body and blood of the Lord. 28 Let a person examine himself, then, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup. 29 For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment on himself.
We should consistently be examining our hearts before the Lord, and the Lord’s Supper is a means of grace that God has given to us so that we can do that together. Practically, do you consistently examine your heart before God? How do you apply the Gospel to yourself everyday?
Who is the greatest? (24-30)
This is one of the greatest examples of the disciples teaching what not to do. The question of who is the greatest in the Kingdom of God is a question that has already been answered: God is the Greatest. Jesus flips the question on its head when he declares that the greatest in the Kingdom are the servants. Our roles in the Kingdom are to be servants of the King! Do you live more for God’s Kingdom, or your place in the kingdom?
Jesus predicts Peter’s denial. (31-34)
Peter is one of the greatest accounts of life change we see in the New Testatment; he goes from denying Jesus to being a pillar of the early church. Here we see that Jesus knows his heart and that Peter, like all of his disciples, will abandon Him in his hour of need. Notice, though, that Jesus already knows that he will be restored, and that Jesus is praying against Satan having any more to do with him than he already will.
Jesus fulfills Scripture. (35-38)
All of Scripture points to Jesus. Jesus going to the cross is not an accident, but was in the sovereign plan of God from the beginning. Since sin entered the world, God had been orchestrating this event that would ultimately be fulfilled in Jesus.
What stood out to you from the passage today?
By: Graham Withers — Pastoral Ministry Apprentice