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Some of the saddest words in the New Testament are concerning the disciples at the Last Supper. Jesus had repeatedly told them of his betrayal and coming suffering and death. He announced that one of them was about to betray him, and the next verse says, “A dispute arose among them as to which of them was considered to be greatest” (Luke 22:24). How incredible that they could think only of themselves when they needed to have their thoughts on each other and on Jesus more than at any other time! Jesus has just told them that one of them is going to betray him. This was a time for humility, not a time to worry if you are the greatest. Someone said, “Humble people don’t think less of themselves . . . they just think about themselves less.”