The Lord’s Twelve apostles frequently discussed who was or would be the greatest. Jesus always gave the same basic teaching about such:
Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, “If anyone wants to be first, he must be the very last, and the servant of all.” (Mark 9:35)
The greatest disciples are the ones who are last and servant of all, but what does that mean? Are there other Scriptures, which can add to our understanding? When we consider that John the Baptist was the greatest born of woman (Mt. 11:11) and he had no miracles (John 10:41), then producing miracles is not a consideration in being the greatest! (What a blow that truth is to many seeking a sign or miracle and highly esteeming the ones doing such.) So why was John so great among those born of woman, including being the last and servant of all? He was a fearless and powerful Hell fire and damnation preacher, who brought many to repentance. He served people in that way, but also he was very humble. (You can be both bold and humble at the same time.) John also openly taught he was not worthy to untie Jesus’ sandals and always pointed people to the Lord Jesus.
Getting back to miracles, we all need to remember that even demons can produce miracles (Rev. 16:14) and the sorcerers in Pharaoh’s court duplicated some of the miracles of God (Ex. 7:10,11; 7: 20-22), which Moses performed by the power of God!
[Dan Corner has written the teaching entitled, Water Into Wine Miracle.]