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In Search of Greatness!
Often men are declared to be great if they have the ability to influence heads
of state or leaders in society or politicians.

Some men are considered great (and rightly so) because of achievements—
Thomas Edison and his light bulb, Alexander Bell and his telephone, Dr.

Jonas Salk and his polio vaccine, invented in 1952 that rescued millions from
the agony of crippling polio.

But true greatness in the eyes of God is far different from the world. In
Matthew 18:1, the disciples asked Jesus, Who is the greatest in the kingdom
of heaven?
These disciples were really asking: “Which one of us
will be the greatest?” They were thinking, “Jesus is the
MESSIAH. The Scriptures teach that the Messiah will
rule the world, and WE are His closest servants.”
Who is the greatest? A young preacher said to his
wife, “I wonder how many great preachers there are
in America?” She replied, “Probably one less than you
think.” In the back of the disciples’ minds, they thought
perhaps that Jesus would call one of them forward
and say to him, “You are the greatest,” and then to
another say, “You are the next greatest.” They had it
all figured out.

They supposed it would be one of them who must
be Prime Minister of State. Peter was always chief
speaker and already had the keys given to him; he
expected to be Lord Chancellor, and so the greatest.

Judas had the bag and, therefore, he expected to be
Lord Treasurer. Simon and Jude are nearly related
to Christ, and they hoped to be at the top of the list
as great officers of state. John is the beloved disciple,
the favorite of the Prince and, therefore, he hoped to
be the greatest. Andrew was the first called, and why
should he not be first preferred?
Little by little over three years, walking with
Jesus, the measure of true greatness dawned. Jesus
illustrated true greatness with a child, with a widow,
and with Himself. John records the scene in John
chapter 13.

He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments;
and took a towel, and girded himself.

After that he poureth water into a bason, and began
to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the
towel wherewith he was girded.

The disciples wanted to be GREAT.

Jesus shows them how. What a scene…
IT! The God of Heaven, the Creator of all
things, the spotless, sinless Deity from
Glory—washing sinners’ dirty feet!