Matthew Lesson 17 Day 5

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Matthew Lesson 17 Day 5

Matthew 16:21-28

Jesus prophesies his death and resurrection.

12. Jesus begins to reveal his destiny to his disciples.

–He must go to Jerusalem. (Must indicates his divine destiny.)5
Jesus is completely submitted to fulfill the plan He and the Father agreed to before the foundation of the world.
(Revelation 13:8)

–There, he will endure much suffering at the hands of the elders and chief priests and scribes.

–He will be killed.

–Three days later he will be brought back to life.

13. Peter took Jesus aside.

a. Peter took Jesus aside

Since Peter has been told directly by Jesus that he hears from Father God, he takes the liberty to boldly rebuke Jesus, perhaps in a compassionate older brother kind of way.

Peter couldn’t reconcile his view of Jesus as the Son God descended from the lineage of David with his view of Jesus enduring humiliation and defeat. This was unexpected, distasteful, and disturbing news. But absolutely necessary.

b. Jesus replied as he did in the wilderness (Matthew 4:10)

“Get behind me, Satan!”

You are an obstacle in my path because your thinking is from a human perspective, not from God’s perspective!” (Matthew 16:23 CJB)

Satan is behind all words and thoughts rejecting the work of the cross. Jesus recognized the temptation to avoid suffering and take an easier path.

c.  Peter contradicted Jesus. 

It’s easy to say, “I would never do that!” but I’m sure I’m guilty. It’s so easy to get puffed up with pride and say something out of that place. Peter shouldn’t pat himself on the back for divine revelation because he didn’t even realize it. He also didn’t realize it when he spoke in agreement with Satan.

I must remember to renounce self-centered ambitions.

14. a. Deny yourself and take up your own cross.

“Taking up your cross wasn’t a journey; it was a one-way trip.”1

Those who lose their life for God’s sake will find it.

  • Self-denial
  • Self-sacrifice
  • Free of the world’s system
  • Boast in Christ alone—our source of peace, happiness, and satisfaction.

In Acts 2:38-39 (MSG) Peter boldly said, “Change your life. Turn to God and be baptized, each of you, in the name of Jesus Christ, so your sins are forgiven. Receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is targeted to you and your children, but also to all who are far away—whomever, in fact, our Master God invites.”

b. The world says gratify yourself.

Indulge yourself in every pleasure, whatever makes you happy, rich, popular, or fulfilled.

Pleasing God requires turning everything upside down. Or inside out. Thankfully, it is “God himself willing and working at what will give him the most pleasure.” (Philippians 2:13 MSG)

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6 Ellicott’s Commentary, public domain.
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8 The Names of God Bible (without notes) © 2011 by Baker Publishing Group.

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