Summary: A study of the Gospel of Luke 9: 43 – 48
Luke 9: 43 – 48
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43 And they were all amazed at the majesty of God. But while everyone marveled at all the things which Jesus did, He said to His disciples, 44 “Let these words sink down into your ears, for the Son of Man is about to be betrayed into the hands of men.” 45 But they did not understand this saying, and it was hidden from them so that they did not perceive it; and they were afraid to ask Him about this saying. 46 Then a dispute arose among them as to which of them would be greatest. 47 And Jesus, perceiving the thought of their heart, took a little child and set him by Him, 48 and said to them, “Whoever receives this little child in My name receives Me; and whoever receives Me receives Him who sent Me. For he who is least among you all will be great.”
Both Matthew and Mark also comment on this teaching by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Let’s see what they reported.
Matthew 18:1-5, “18 At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” 2 Then Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst of them, 3 and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5 Whoever receives one little child like this in My name receives Me.”
Mark 9:33-37, “33 Then He came to Capernaum. And when He was in the house He asked them, “What was it you disputed among yourselves on the road?” 34 But they kept silent, for on the road they had disputed among themselves who would be the greatest. 35 And He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, “If anyone desires to be first, he shall be last of all and servant of all.” 36 Then He took a little child and set him in the midst of them. And when He had taken him in His arms, He said to them, 37 “Whoever receives one of these little children in My name receives Me; and whoever receives Me, receives not Me but Him who sent Me.”
Mohammed Ali as a boxer would proclaim that he was the greatest of all. Now a shriveled up old man suffering from Parkinson’s Disease he has come to a humbling end of his life and has learned first hand that he is not the greatest of all. We all know that there is only One Who Was, Is, and ever shall be the ‘Greatest’ of all. He Is our Supreme Jehovah Elyon – The Lord Most High – and He does not share that ‘Glory’ with anyone.
I wonder who started the argument on who is the greatest of all the apostles. Was it Peter? Hey, after all he was the one who heard the voice of the Father Who declared that our Lord Jesus Christ is the Messiah, the Promised Holy One Anointed for the Salvation of mankind.
I believe that the argument was stirred up by James and John. For we will see that they ask this after the Lord has informed the disciples that He was going to be handed over to the religious henchmen and that He would be put to death. We have already read in today’s study,