At that very time His disciples came to Jesus, asking, "Who then is the most important person in the kingdom of heaven?"
Then a dispute developed among Jesus' disciples as to which one of them was the greatest.
Then Jesus and His disciples came to Capernaum [Note: This city on the northwest shore of Lake Galilee had become sort of a headquarters for Jesus when He was in this region]. When He [and His disciples] entered a house He asked them, "What were you discussing on the way here?"
"You must repent [i.e., change your hearts and lives], for the kingdom of heaven will soon be here."
"Not every person who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven; but [only] that person who does what my Father in heaven requires.
Then the mother of Zebedee's sons [i.e., James and John] came to Jesus with her sons and, bowing down in reverence before Him, made a request of Him.
But the greatest person among you will be your servant.
But when Jesus saw it, He was moved with [righteous] indignation, and said to them, "Allow these little children to come to me and stop trying to prevent them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such [humble ones. See Matt. 18:4].
Now James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came over to Jesus and said to Him, "We would like you to do for us whatever we ask you."
Then a dispute arose among the apostles as to which one of them should be considered the greatest.
In your love for your brothers, show tender affection toward one another. Try to outdo one another in showing respect [for each other].
Do not do anything from rivalry or from empty conceit, but in humility, consider others better than yourselves.
Therefore, whoever disregards one of these least [significant] requirements [of the law of Moses] and teaches others to [disregard them], he will be considered the least [significant person] in the kingdom of heaven. But whoever obeys them and teaches [others to obey] them, will be considered important in the kingdom of heaven.