“And an argument arose
Among the disciples
As to which one
Was the greatest.”
Εἰσῆλθεν δὲ διαλογισμὸς ἐν αὐτοῖς, τὸ τίς ἂν εἴη μείζων αὐτῶν.
Luke said that an argument arose among the disciples of Jesus (Εἰσῆλθεν δὲ διαλογισμὸς ἐν αὐτοῖς) as to which one of them was the greatest (τὸ τίς ἂν εἴη μείζων αὐτῶν). This question about the greatest can also be found in Matthew, chapter 18:1, Mark, chapter 9:33-34, and here, with some changes. Mark said that Jesus asked them what they were discussing or arguing about on the way there. Jesus knew that they had been talking about something that was a little heated. Instead of coming to Jesus, as in Matthew, Mark had Jesus go to the disciples. They were silent when Jesus asked them what they were talking about on their travels. In fact, they had been arguing or discussing among themselves on the way there, who was the greatest. Mark never mentioned the greatest in the kingdom of heaven, but just the greatest in general. The late Muhammad Ali (1942-2016) always proclaimed that he was the greatest, without indicating what he was the greatest at. They were looking for some sort of status. Matthew said that the disciples came to Jesus with this question, instead of arguing among themselves. They asked him who was the greatest in the kingdom of the heaven? They were looking for some sort of status in a gnostic concept of a higher and lower status people. After all, they were the important disciples of Jesus. Who do you think is the greatest disciple of Jesus?