There’s something wrong with this picture! Jesus is on His way to submit to the shame of the cross and His students are jockeying for prominence.
The Teacher doesn’t seem discouraged that after nearly three years His students still don’t understand. We all must be personally encouraged by this.
Instead, He stops and patiently provides yet another lesson.
Jesus called them together and said, “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many."
If the Teacher came to earth to serve and give His life for others, what does this say about the key to greatness for His students?
The world is still using battering rams, trying to get into the Halls of Importance! But true greatness does not lie behind a door that can be forcibly breached.
You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant….
Where’s the key to greatness? It’s hidden under the mat near the door, of course! Only have to kneel down to get it.
Humble service for the benefit of others! This alone opens the door leading to the kind of greatness the Teacher has and desires for His students.
Like Teacher, like student…there's the key to greatness.