Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, “Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all.” He took a little child whom he placed among them. Taking the child in his arms, he said to them, “Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me.” – Mark 9:35-37 The core problem in the hearts of the twelve disciples was pride that made them think that they were better than others. This pride in their status had been ingrained in them by their society and their religion. That was just how they saw the world. They were Jews, which made them a special people.