“At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”
King James Version (KJV)
18:1 Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven? - Which of us shall be thy prime minister? They still dreamed of a temporal kingdom.
Mt 18:1 The Greatest in the Kingdom SUMMARY OF MATTHEW 18: Who Shall Be Greatest?. Becoming As Little Children. Causing the Little Ones to Stumble. Despising the Little Ones. How to Deal with an Offending Brother. Forgiving Those Who Injure Us. Parable of the Unmerciful Servant. At the same time. As Peter returned from paying the tribute money. Came the disciples unto Jesus. Compare Mr 9:33-50 Lu 9:46-50 and also Mt 19:13-15. Mark says the conversation occurred at Capernaum (Mr 9:33). Who is the greatest in the kingdom? The disciples had disputed in the way was to which of them should be chief ministers in the earthly kingdom that they still supposed Christ would establish (Mr 9:33,34). Mark also says that before calling the child, Jesus said: "He that would be greatest among you, let him become the servant of all" (Mr 9:35), the rule of true greatness.