-There’s a natural tendency for all men to argue for greatness. We not only want to be great, we want to be the greatest. Our pride revolves in our wicked hearts and when it is challenged or threaten we fight, because it’s an idol that we are not willing to give up. - But Jesus showed His disciples the true greatness, that does not come from men but from God’s perspective—the true perspective. In the Spanish translation we read, “If anyone wills to be first, he will be the last and servant of all.” The contrary to willing to be first is the willing to be last, to yield to others, to put the concept that God created all of us equal into practice. This is quite amazing. Against all human odds, comes the divine greatness—to be humble and to consider others superior to us. That is hard, extremely hard, but nothing is too hard for God. Ask and you will receive, He says. -Humility illustrated. Jesus illustrated humility by a child. Note: He took a child, put him in the midst of them and took him in his arms. In all three acts Jesus was actively involved, but the child was passive yet submissive and obedient. The child was led by Jesus and carried by Jesus. That’s the spirit we must be looking for. A dependent, passive (in the sense of waiting on Him), and submissive spirit,. There’s also an active part. Jesus says, “Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me;” we are to receive people in God’s name. They are His creatures, they are His possession; what right do we have to reject people whom God receives? -God, I know You love humility and You expect to see it on Your children. Help me believe the greatness of humility.
And they came to Capernaum.
Normal 0 MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Normal 0 MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Y llegaron a Capernaúm;
And when he was in the house
y estando ya en la casa,
he asked them,
"What were you discussing on the way?"
¿Qué discutíais por el camino?
But they kept silent,
Normal 0 MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Pero ellos guardaron silencio,
for on the way they had argued with one another about who was the greatest.
porque en el camino habían discutido entre sí quién de ellos era el mayor.
And he sat down
Normal 0 MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Sentándose,
and called the twelve. And he said to them,
llamó a los doce y les dijo*:
"If anyone would be first,
Si alguno desea ser el primero,
he must be last of all
será el último de todos
and servant of all."
y el servidor de todos.
And he took a child
Normal 0 MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Y tomando a un niño,
and put him in the midst of them,
lo puso en medio de ellos;
and taking him in his arms,
y tomándolo en sus brazos
he said to them,
"Whoever receives one such child in my name
Normal 0 MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Normal 0 MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 El que reciba a un niño como éste en mi nombre,
a mí me recibe;
and whoever receives me,
y el que me recibe a mí,
receives not me
no me recibe a mí,
but him who sent me."
sino a aquel que me envió