Mark 9: 33-34 ” They came to Capernaum. When He was in the house, He asked them, ‘What were you arguing about on the road?’ But they kept quiet because on the way they had argued about who was the greatest.”

Embarrassed silence is all you heard.  For Jesus already knew what they had been fighting about…and He knew their prideful hearts.  But He wanted them to verbalize out loud to Him this dispute so they could hear just how absurd they sounded.  Jesus was then able to use this as a teachable moment when He said to them, “If anyone wants to be first, he must be the very last, and the servant of all.”  Boy, was that a blow to those fragile male egos of the disciples!  I can almost hear them ask, “So what you’re saying, Jesus, is that in order to be the greatest…I need to become the least?”

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