#4 Honor in the Lowest Place
Posted: Saturday, March 11th, 2017Print
About The Mystery of Discipleship Series
Jesus’ closest disciples were trusted to speak for Him and tell us His story. All are called to the mystery of discipleship, but the choice is ours.
Let me set the stage for Jesus’ “Cost of Discipleship”…
Luke 14:1, 7-11 NIV
One Sabbath, when Jesus went to eat in the house of a prominent Pharisee, He was being carefully watched.
When He noticed how the guests picked the places of honor at the table, He told them this parable: “When someone invites you to a wedding feast, do not take the place of honor, for a person more distinguished than you may have been invited. If so, the host who invited both of you will come and say to you, ‘Give this person your seat.’ Then, humiliated, you will have to take the least important place. But when you are invited, take the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he will say to you, ‘Friend, move up to a better place.’ Then you will be honored in the presence of all the other guests. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”
Jesus’ real meaning is of a far distant and higher wedding feast: the Marriage Supper of the Lamb. This is the pinnacle of human history, the culmination and reward of following the Lord in His humility and humiliation. The entire anticipation of the disciple is for that Feast. The disciple’s motivation for this life is to be present and part of the Marriage of the Lamb. And the requirement for that feast is the “lowest place.”