Mark 9:35

9:35 called the twelve. Again the Twelve are singled out (3:14), and their position of leadership is explicitly recognized.

If anyone would be first. Jesus is not attacking leadership positions, but showing the way in which such roles should be exercised (i.e., as the “last . . . and servant of all”). This principle is exemplified by Jesus Himself who “came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (10:45). The self-giving manner in which Jesus fulfills His messianic role, which is the first and foremost role in the kingdom, provides the standard for His disciples in whatever secondary roles they might exercise in the kingdom of God.