The Upper Room Discourse 6 Rabbi Michael Weiner
Would it stretch your imagination if I said Yeshua turned the world upside down? Consider this: Luke 22:26 But with you, it is not so. Rather, let the one who is greatest among you become like the youngest, and the one who leads like the one who serves. What was that? Let “the one who leads like the one who serves?” The natural order is for a “lord” to “lord” his authority over his subjects. But Yeshua (Who is our perfect example in all things) came to serve, and He says as much …
Luke 22:27b … But I am among you as one who serves.
I want to back up and study how Yeshua got us to this point. Yeshua led the first (Last Supper) communion. Immediately after drinking the cup, Yeshua said, Luke 22:21 But look, the hand of the one betraying Me is with Mine on the table. This made the disciples wonder who among them could do such a thing.
Amazingly, their wonder led to a further discussion of who among them was the greatest. Luke 22:24 But there was also a quarrel among them about which of them is considered the greatest. Yeshua knows He is about to be betrayed. He has just announced it to His disciples. Their response is to start fighting about which of them is greater. Talk about disfunction. Today, they are together with Yeshua, but they probably still blush with embarrassment every time that verse is read.
Yeshua is telling the disciples (I’m paraphrasing here) that being the greatest doesn’t count for anything, it’s being the greatest servant that counts. Then He immediately ties that valued servanthood to being faithful. Luke 22:28 You are the ones who have remained with Me in My times of testing. Yeshua spoke to the disciples 2,000 years ago, but He is also speaking to us today. We will be tested! Will we remain faithful?
The promise of His kingdom is at stake … Luke 22:29 And just as My Father has granted Me a kingdom, so I grant to you. And the first evidence of His kingdom is, guess what, communion. Luke 22:30 that you may eat and drink at My table in My kingdom.
Being invited to a state dinner at the White House would be a big deal. Being invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb is so much greater, it’s beyond words. The White House dinner will come and go, the table of the Lord is eternity in His presence. My advice, when Yeshua calls you, answer, “Hineni,” meaning “Here is am, and I’m ready to serve.”