Luk 22:21 “But look, the hand of the one who betrays me is with me on the table.
Luk 22:22 For the Son of Man is to go just as it has been determined, but woe to that man by whom he is betrayed!”
Luk 22:23 So they began to question one another as to which of them it could possibly be who would do this.
Luk 22:24 A dispute also started among them over which of them was to be regarded as the greatest.
Luk 22:25 So Jesus said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those in authority over them are called ‘benefactors.’
Luk 22:26 Not so with you; instead the one who is greatest among you must become like the youngest, and the leader like the one who serves.
Luk 22:27 For who is greater, the one who is seated at the table, or the one who serves? Is it not the one who is seated at the table? But I am among you as one who serves.
A friend highlighted this passage for me recently. At first glance it seems to parallel Mat 20:23-27 and Mark 10:41-45 but the chronology is off, as is some aspects of the story. This snippet from Luke happens right after the last supper whereas Mark and Matthew’s account is much sooner. It looks like Jesus made this point about leadership twice.
One unique aspect of this encounter is that Jesus talks about those in authority being regarded as benefactors, they are those that do good work and benefit society. Have we fallen in to the same fault by redefining authoritarian leadership as servant leadership?
Jesus describes servant leadership as becoming like the youngest, like one who serves at a table.
I don’t think we get Jesus. His idea of leadership, taken at face value, runs counter to what I observe and have been taught.