Sunday Matthew 16:21-28

Prayer: Great and gracious God, let your Word and your Spirit increase our faith, in Christ Jesus. Amen.

Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost

23 But he turned and said to Peter…for you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.”

Poor Peter. He is only human. Of course, he would think about things from a human perspective. So, what about us? It is only too easy for us to think in human terms and not on God’s terms.  When we question in our thinking Jesus might say; “Get behind me, Satan!” just as he did with Peter.

Jesus was trying to teach. There are things Jesus had to do for divine reasons which are hard for us to understand. I think we still have problems understanding God’s ways. He often just doesn’t do things the way we would. Our devotion writer suggests; “As humans, we can become our own worst stumbling blocks when we dwell on our own needs and earthly concerns.  Instead, Jesus calls us to see the larger picture of God’s will and of what we are called to do as we follow Jesus. Let’s not miss the forest for the trees.”

Prayer: “Jesus, help me to grow in understanding of what it means to follow you as my Savior and Lord. Amen.”

 

Matthew 16:21-28

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

Jesus Foretells His Death and Resurrection

21 From that time on, Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and undergo great suffering at the hands of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised. 22 And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, saying, “God forbid it, Lord! This must never happen to you.” 23 But he turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; for you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.”

The Cross and Self-Denial

24 Then Jesus told his disciples, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 25 For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it. 26 For what will it profit them if they gain the whole world but forfeit their life? Or what will they give in return for their life?

27 “For the Son of Man is to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay everyone for what has been done. 28 Truly I tell you, there are some standing here who will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.”

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