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Read Matthew 16:13-20


Read Matthew 16:13-20

21 From then on, Jesus began telling his disciples what would happen to him. He said, “I must go to Jerusalem. There the nation’s leaders, the chief priests, and the teachers of the Law of Moses will make me suffer terribly. I will be killed, but three days later I will rise to life.”
22 Peter took Jesus aside and told him to stop talking like that. He said, “God would never let this happen to you, Lord!”
23 Jesus turned to Peter and said, “Satan, get away from me! You’re in my way because you think like everyone else and not like God.”
24 Then Jesus said to his disciples:
 If any of you want to be my followers, you must forget about yourself. You must take up your cross and follow me. 25 If you want to save your life, you will destroy it. But if you give up your life for me, you will find it. 26 What will you gain, if you own the whole world but destroy yourself? What would you give to get back your soul?
 27 The Son of Man will soon come in the glory of his Father and with his angels to reward all people for what they have done. 28 I promise you that some of those standing here will not die before they see the Son of Man coming with his kingdom.


Jesus calls every human being to surrender themselves completely to God.  To lay down their lives.  As we think about giving up our lives we fear losing control; we fear surrender.  But - just as we hand over our lives to God; God does not take them away and bury them where we will never receive them.  Instead God takes our lives and holds them for us so that we can live in His loving freedom.


Lord God - help me to surrender my life to you with every breath I breathe.

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