And they came to Capernaum. And when he was in the house he asked them, “What were you discussing on the way?” But they kept silent, for on the way they had argued with one another about who was the greatest. And he sat down and called the twelve. And he said to them, “If anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.” And he took a child and put him in the midst of them, and taking him in his arms, he said to them, “Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me, receives not me but him who sent me.”
Comment: Life, travelling with Jesus on the roads of Judea, would have been exciting but sometimes a bit scary! When Jesus asked His followers about their discussion, presumably behind His back, as they had been walking along they were too embarrassed to tell them. They had been seeking personal advancement! Immediately He speaks, very graciously, into their silence about what they had been discussing. How did He know? The greatest in His kingdom serves! And the service isn’t necessarily to the high and mighty, as He demonstrated by taking an insignificant kid in His arms. Maybe I shouldn’t have said insignificant as in serving the child we serve Jesus Himself!
Prayer: O, You lived on this earth as a Servant-King, teach us how to live, walking in Your footsteps!
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Thank you Barry for your comments on this passage. The world sees greatness as being at the top of the list of those who are wealthy, or those who have a successful business, or those who live in a palace, or have palatial homes. But God sees greatness in serving. The Servant-King is an appropriate name for the One who came from glory, to serve here on earth. God bless you.