SUMMARY OF MATTHEW 16:21-28
Jesus begins to prepare his disciples for his death, telling them he must go to Jerusalem, suffer, die, and rise again. Peter rebuked Jesus for saying this. Jesus, in turn, rebuked Peter, calling him Satan and a stumbling block, as well as saying he does not have the things of God in mind but only the things of men.
Jesus tells his disciples that whoever comes after him must deny himself and take up his cross and follow him. This way, they will save their life by losing it. His soul will be saved. Jesus will return in his Father’s glory with angels and reward those according to what they have done. Some will not die before the Second Coming
BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 17, Day 5: Matthew 16:21-28
- Must go to Jerusalem
- Must suffer many things at the hands of the elders, chief priests, and teachers of the law
- Must be killed
- Must rise on the third day
13a) Peter rebuked Jesus for saying this, and he tells him it won’t happen.
b) Jesus’s word is to taken as truth always and not questioned or denied.
c) This is how our faith is. One minute, we’re solid; the next, liquid and drying up quick. Life’s circumstances mainly cause this.
14a) Whoever comes after him must deny himself and take up his cross and follow him. This way, they will save their life by losing it. His soul will be saved.
b) We are expected to not give up anything to gain eternal salvation.
c) Good question. Maybe where I want to live. My job. Those types of things.
Conclusions BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 17, Day 5: Matthew 16:21-28
Great words of wisdom from Jesus. I can understand Peter’s feelings, but he still has a lot to learn when he rebukes Jesus.
End Notes BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 17, Day 5: Matthew 16:21-28
Now that the disciples know who Jesus is, it’s time to reveal his entire mission, which is the salvation of the world as predicted by Isaiah (Isaiah 53:3-12).
Fun Fact: This is the first time Christ mentions he will die on the cross to his disciples.
The Sanhedrin consists of the elsters, chief priests, and the scribes.
One moment Peter is divinely inspired by God; the next, he is a messenger of Satan. Jesus would not allow himself to be swayed from his mission. Peter had his eyes on the things of men at this moment rather than the things of heaven.
Peter’s words were rejecting God’s eternal plan for humanity.
“Deny Himself and Take Up His Cross and Follow Me”
Jesus tells his disciples they must die to themselves to follow him. This was a cheery thought.
When we deny ourselves, we surrender to Christ and obey his will, not ours. We live with others in mind. We accept rejection by others and a harder life.
In essence, you will never live until you walk to your death with Jesus. It’s paradoxical and an antithesis to what we would think, but it’s the only way to eternal life.
When you surrender to Jesus, you discover true contentment in your life.
Why gain the world to lose it? Satan couldn’t sway Jesus to do this (Luke 4:5-8)
Jesus may have been speaking of his resurrection, Pentecost, the fall of Jerusalem in 70 AD, or his Second Coming when saying some would not see death.