Luke 22:21-25

Luke 22:21 (KJB)
But, behold, the hand of him that betrayeth me is with me on the table.

Now Jesus returns to the fact that Judas is about to betray Him. Jesus does not mention him by name. Judas was with Jesus and the other disciples during the supper but Jesus tells him to do what he is going to do quickly. (John 13:27 KJV) And after the sop Satan entered into him. Then said Jesus unto him, That thou doest, do quickly. Judas is dispatched before Jesus teaches in the Upper Room Discourse. Since Judas was an unbeliever, he would not be a partaker of all the joys which were to follow and that is why he was not allowed to listen in.

Luke 22:22 (KJB)
And truly the Son of man goeth, as it was determined: but woe unto that man by whom he is betrayed!

Jesus now states that his betrayal was already determined but here He is teaching that even though His betrayal was prophesied, Judas, is still going to be responsible for his actions in betraying Jesus. (Psa 41:9 KJV) Yea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread, hath lifted up his heel against me. The prophesy of Psalm 41:9 is about to come to pass. Judas had walked with Jesus for over three years and heard all the teachings but probably his only reason for staying was that he was able to steal from the money bag.

Luke 22:23 (KJB)
And they began to inquire among themselves, which of them it was that should do this thing.

Then once Jesus had stated that He was going to be betrayed, each one of the disciples had begun to inquire if they were the one who was going to betray Him. Some may have even thought that they might accidentally betray Jesus so they wanted to know.

Luke 22:24 (KJB)
And there was also a strife among them, which of them should be accounted the greatest.

The disciples went from wondering who was going to betray Jesus to wondering who was the greatest among them. It seems from the type of discussion, the disciples were still looking for an earthly kingdom and that may have prompted them to ask the question about who should be the greatest one. Previous to this Peter was called a rock and then he, John and James were taken up to the Mount of Transfiguration and this may have added to the desire to know who is the greatest. The word in the Greek for “greatest” carries with it the idea of “being great by comparison.” They were looking at some kind of rating as to who would be the best disciple thus making him the greatest.

Luke 22:25 (KJB)
And he said unto them, The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and they that exercise authority upon them are called benefactors.

Seeing that there was almost a “denominational split” among the disciples, Jesus then gathers to Himself for a better explanation, especially how not to mimic the world and its powerbrokers. Jesus then brings up the kings of the Gentiles. The would represent the government. Those in government exercise great dominion over the people. When they pass laws or when they make a proclamation of some kind, they expect absolute obedience or there would be consequences for those who disobey. Then there are those who are great which could represent the wealthy class of citizens. Today we would call them a plutocracy. We see this played out today in groups of wealthy people such as the Trilateral Commission or the Bilderbergers. These two groups plan world policy and then force the government to obey them by putting their plans into action. While they hold no government office, their wealth buys them influence with the government resulting in holding great authority over the people. It is the Bilderbergers who set the gas prices. The more you spend on gas, the less there is for you.