“‘But many who are first will be last, and the last, first.’ They were on the road going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was walking on ahead of them” (Mark 10:31:32).
It is a powerful visual–Jesus teaching his disciples about the cost of discipleship; of a life poured out in sacrifice to others; that allegiance to him supersedes all familial ties; an abandonment of all human agendas set before you. The world will look at such a life spent as a waste, yet, you will have gained more than the world could have ever offered. Jesus, who came not to be served but to serve, himself, models this paradoxical teaching–offering his first/last last/first analogy while walking ahead of his disciples. For those who achieve worldly preeminence–Congratulations! Now, please, just step to the back of the line.