John Wesley's notes
on the Gospel: Luke 22:24-30
24. There was also a contention among them - It
is highly probable, this was the same dispute
which is mentioned by St. Matthew and St. Mark: and consequently, though it
is related here, it
happened some time before.
25. They that exercise the most arbitrary
authority over them, have from their flatterers the vain
title of benefactors.
26. But ye are to be benefactors to mankind,
not by governing, but by serving.
27. For - This he proves by his own example. I
am in the midst of you - Just now: see with your
eyes. I take no state upon me, but sit in the midst, on a level with the
lowest of you.
28. Ye have continued with me in my temptations
- And all his life was nothing else, particularly
from his entering on his public ministry.
29. And I - Will preserve you in all your
temptations, till ye enter into the kingdom of glory:
appoint to you - By these very words. Not a primacy to one, but a kingdom to
every one: on the
same terms: as my Father hath appointed to me - Who have fought and
30. That ye may eat and drink at my table -
That is, that ye may enjoy the highest happiness,
as guests, not as servants. These expressions seem to be primarily
applicable to the twelve apostles, and secondarily, to all Christ's servants
and disciples, whose spiritual powers, honours, and delights, are here
represented in figurative terms, with respect to their advancement both in
the kingdom of grace and of glory.