At that time the disciples came to Jesus and said, “Who is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”
But they were silent, because on the way they had been arguing with one another about who was the greatest.
Then an argument started among them about who would be the greatest of them.
Then a dispute also arose among them about who should be considered the greatest.
He told them, “Whoever welcomes this little child in My name welcomes Me. And whoever welcomes Me welcomes Him who sent Me. For whoever is least among you—this one is great.”
Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child—this one is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
Sitting down, He called the Twelve and said to them, “If anyone wants to be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.”
But it must not be like that among you. On the contrary, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant,
And they were all astonished at the greatness of God.The Second Prediction of His Death While everyone was amazed at all the things He was doing, He told His disciples,
But it must not be like that among you. On the contrary, whoever is greatest among you must become like the youngest, and whoever leads, like the one serving.
Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commands and teaches people to do so will be called least in the kingdom of heaven. But whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
“I assure you: Among those born of women no one greater than John the Baptist has appeared, but the least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.
I tell you, among those born of women no one is greater than John, but the least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.”
“I assure you: The one who believes in Me will also do the works that I do. And he will do even greater works than these, because I am going to the Father.
3 John 1:9
I wrote something to the church, but Diotrephes, who loves to have first place among them, does not receive us.