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Read Matthew 16:21-28


Read Matthew 16:21-28

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.


From the high point of confession - to the low point of not realizing exactly what that confession would mean.  Peter who was praised in verse 13-20 is now humiliated with Jesus' phrase: "Satan, get away from me!"  We are happy to confess that Jesus is the Son of God; but when it means we might have to struggle - we are quick to take back our words.


Lord help me to surrender to your will and your ways; even when I'm not sure I like what I am hearing.

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