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Jesus' greatest disciple!
Have you ever looked through the "Guinness Book of Records" at some of the very strange things people have done to become "the greatest". Many people are not content to be the best they can be 1*. - they want to become the greatest!
This lust to be great often leads to deceit or to the use of force in the hope of gaining fame. You have seen this in sport, in politics, in business, in school and even in religion!
One day "a dispute arose among the disciples of Jesus as to which of them was to be the greatest." 2*. Jesus came along and quickly settled the dispute. Do you know which one Jesus said was the greatest? If you think you do then you are wrong! Jesus never named any one of the disciples as being the greatest.
Jesus said the them, "The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them, .. But you are not to be like that." 3*. None of Jesus' disciples were ever to be as a king or lord over the others! Jesus Christ holds the position of our only Sovereign and Lord. 4*.
This is one way you can recognise the true follower of Christ - he or she will not accept any leaders who claim to take the place of Jesus or who claim their teachings are as important as His. 5*.
BEWARE! Many religious teachers and priests want to be trusted as if they were in Jesus' place! No man can take Jesus place. 6*.
So, Jesus never appointed one of His followers to replace Him as Leader or Head. He had told His followers, "It is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away the Counsellor will not come to you; but if I go, I will l send Him to you." 7*. The only One who could and would take the place of God the Son was to be God the Spirit!
But Jesus had advice for them about how they could become great! "The greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves." 8*.
Jesus was not asking His followers to do something that He had not been willing to do Himself. "I am among you as One who serves", He reminded them. Jesus had come from Heaven to serve us in an unbelievable way - to do an awful job for you and me. "He Himself bore our sins in His body on the tree", 9*. so that He would be able to rescue us from sin and make it possible for us to live for God.
Have you put your trust in those who claim to be able to take Jesus' place? Or have you accepted Jesus' offer of forgiveness by faith in Him alone as you Priest and Saviour? 10*. Make sure you are trusting in Him alone today!
All who trust in Jesus are promised greatness in His coming kingdom. In the mean time they are willing servants of Jesus here on earth wanting to encourage others to turn to have faith in Jesus, the Saviour God sent into the world.
Read in Luke's Gospel chapter 22, verses 24-30 about becoming Jesus' greatest disciple!
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John Nixon, Ballincollig, Co.Cork, Ireland.
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Bible quotations from N.I.V.
11st Timothy 6:6-10.
2 Luke 22:24.
3 Luke 22:25-26.
4Jude 1:4. 1st Timothy 6:15.
5 John 14:6. 12:48. Matthew 7:24-27.
6 Matthew 24:4-5.
7 John 16:7-15.
8 Luke 22:25.
9 1st Peter 2:24.
10 Acts 4:12. John 3:16-19.