Here the students are embarrassed by their Teacher’s question – What were you arguing about on the road?
They are too ashamed to answer - They kept quiet because on the way they had argued about who was the greatest.
That’s just great, isn’t it?
Funny even! For in the presence of the greatest Person who ever lived, His students are lining up to vie for a very distant second place!
Ok, we’ll go along. Who is the greatest among them?
The Teacher tells them - If anyone wants to be first, he must be the very last, and the servant of all.
Then to explain, He calls a child to stand among them.
Taking him in his arms, he said to them, "Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me."
I’m sure Jesus’ students never thought like this before. Never knew God looked at greatness this way! Doing something for the helpless!
This is not what they learned in the world. Titles, position, power, ability, influence, prestige, degrees!
Not so, says the Teacher. Not in God’s world.
The very last one is first. The one who helps those who can never serve to advance their own interests! A child for instance!
The world says that’s a ridiculous waste of time.
The Teacher says - that’s just great!