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The disciples know that Jesus is the Messiah, but they don’t know what kind of Messiah he is. They expected that there would be some pretty important spots to open up next to Jesus in the new kingdom – but they were thinking of this from the perspective of this world. They needed to realize that the in the new kingdom, the way of greatness is through smallness.
Similarly, in this world, we are accustomed to “getting ahead” but we should be using our gifts for service of others, not for self-glorification. That is the way of humility, and that is the way of Jesus.
Let us pray that we can serve more like Jesus did…