24 A dispute also arose among them, as to which of them was to be regarded as the greatest. 25 And he said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them, and those in authority over them are called benefactors. 26 But not so with you. Rather, let the greatest among you become as the youngest, and the leader as one who serves. 27 For who is the greater, one who reclines at table or one who serves? Is it not the one who reclines at table? But I am among you as the one who serves.
28 “You are those who have stayed with me in my trials, 29 and I assign to you, as my Father assigned to me, a kingdom, 30 that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
I am among you as the one who serves. Jesus serves us, and there we find reason to serve others as he serves us.
It’s a funny thing, but it wasn’t until Jesus came along that humility was really considered a virtue in Western Civilization. The Gentiles exercise lordship over them. Jesus washes the feet of his disciples. Before Jesus being a lord meant being served. After Jesus, being a leader means serving those you lead. Finally Jesus serves by giving his own life for those that follow, so he can lead them through death to life.