“Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, “Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all.”” - Mark 9:35
The disciples loved Jesus and wanted to be one Jesus would turn to. They argued among themselves as to who among them was his favourite. Jesus’ answer is humbling. And not something that is immediately obvious.
People work to achieve. We raise our children to be doctors or lawyers because one can be successful in those professions and still have a reasonable home life. We seek affluence to own things. We want compassion, but don’t look for it.
People are happy in service. It is nice to own things, but nicer to work for them. To achieve them. Yet even the slave of George Washington was happy to make him a cake on his birthday. Mothers find happiness to meet the needs of their young children.
Great Presidents of the United States did not order and divide the people, but united them in service.
And so it was with Jesus. For Jesus, to redeem God’s chosen people, and the Gentiles, He did not come to command, but to serve.