The Twelve contend as to who shall be the greatest under the Messiah’s reign; His subjects must be childlike

Mat 18:1-5

1 In that hour the disciples came to Jesus, saying, Who is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?
2 And he took a little child, and put him in the middle of them,
3 And said, Truly, I say to you, If you do not have a change of heart and become like little children, you will not go into the kingdom of heaven.
4 Whoever, then, will make himself as low as this little child, the same is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
5 And whoever gives honour to one such little child in my name, gives honour to me:

Mar 9:33-37

33 And they came to Capernaum: and when he was in the house, he put the question to them, What were you talking about on the way?
34 But they said nothing: because they had had an argument between themselves on the way, about who was the greatest.
35 And seating himself, he made the twelve come to him; and he said to them, If any man has the desire to be first, he will be last of all and servant of all.
36 And he took a little child, and put him in the middle of them; and taking him in his arms, he said to them,
37 Whoever will give honour to one such little child in my name, gives honour to me: and whoever gives honour to me, gives honour not to me, but to him who sent me.

Luk 9:46-48

46 Now there was a discussion among them about which of them would be the greatest.
47 But when Jesus saw the reasoning of their hearts, he took a small child and put him by his side,
48 And said to them, Whoever gives honour to this child in my name, gives honour to me: and whoever gives honour to me, gives honour to him who sent me: for whoever is least among you all, that man is great.

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