12/15 Luke 22:20-27
After supper he took another cup of wine and said, “This cup is the new covenant between God and his people—an agreement confirmed with my blood, which is poured out as a sacrifice for you. 21 “But here at this table, sitting among us as a friend, is the man who will betray me. 22 For it has been determined that the Son of Man must die. But what sorrow awaits the one who betrays him.” 23 The disciples began to ask each other which of them would ever do such a thing. 24 Then they began to argue among themselves about who would be the greatest among them. 25 Jesus told them, “In this world the kings and great men lord it over their people, yet they are called ‘friends of the people.’ 26 But among you it will be different. Those who are the greatest among you should take the lowest rank, and the leader should be like a servant. 27 Who is more important, the one who sits at the table or the one who serves? The one who sits at the table, of course. But not here! For I am among you as one who serves.
The world is focused on self. People think about themselves most of the time. Jesus calls us to a radical new ethic: people count with God. Every person we see each day counts with the Lord. Every person is of distinct and high value. Remember that as you study the Bible. Remember that as you pray. People count with the Father. Jesus died for people. As we continue to count down to the celebration of His birth remember that people count with Jesus.