Luke 22:27

27 For whether is greater, he that sitteth at meat, or he that serveth? is not he that sitteth at meat? but I am among* you as he that serveth.

Luke 22:27 Meaning and Commentary

Luke 22:27

For whether is greater
Christ appeals to themselves, and puts a case that is plain and obvious to any one, who is the greater, and more honourable person; he that sitteth at meat;
that sits, or lies down at table, and another waits on him: or he that serveth?
that stands behind, observes orders, and ministers to those that sit down: is not he that sitteth at meat?
you, and every one must own, that he is the greatest, and most honourable person: but I am among you as he that serveth;
Christ took upon him the form of a servant, and instead of being ministered unto, ministered to others; and had very lately, but two days before, gird himself, and took a basin and a towel, and washed and wiped the feet of his disciples: now our Lord, by his own example throughout the whole of his conduct among them, as well as by such a single action, would dissuade from their ambitious views of superiority over each other, and learn of him who was meek and lowly, and by love serve one another.

Luke 22:27 In-Context

25 And he said unto them,The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and they that exercise authority upon them are called benefactors.
26 But ye shall not be so: but he that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that doth serve.
27 For whether is greater, he that sitteth at meat, or he that serveth? is not he that sitteth at meat? but I am among you as he that serveth.
28 Ye are they which have continued with me in my temptations.
29 And I appoint unto you a kingdom, as my Father hath appointed unto me;