Scripture: Matthew 16:21-28; Mark 8:31-9:1; Luke 9:21-27

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READ and STUDY the WORD

Matthew 16:21-28 (KJV) 21 From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto His disciples, how that He must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day. 22 Then Peter took Him, and began to rebuke Him, saying, Be it far from Thee, Lord: this shall not be unto Thee.  23 But He turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind Me, satan: thou art an offence unto Me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.  24 Then said Jesus unto His disciples, If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.  25 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for My sake shall find it.  26 For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?  27 For the Son of man shall come in the glory of His Father with His angels; and then He shall reward every man according to his works.  28 Verily I say unto you, There be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in His kingdom.

Mark 8:31-38 (KJV) 31 And He (Jesus) began to teach them, that the Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders, and of the chief priests, and scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again.  32 And He spake that saying openly. And Peter took Him, and began to rebuke Him.  33 But when He had turned about and looked on His disciples, He rebuked Peter, saying, Get thee behind Me, satan: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but the things that be of men.  34 And when He had called the people unto Him with His disciples also, He said unto them, Whosoever will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.  35 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for My sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it. 36 For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?  37 Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?  38 Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of Me and of My words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when He cometh in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.

Mark 9:1 (KJV) And He said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That there be some of them that stand here, which shall not taste of death, till they have seen the kingdom of God come with power.

Luke 9:21-27 (KJV)  21 And He (Jesus) straitly charged them, and commanded them to tell no man that thing; 22 Saying, The Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be slain, and be raised the third day.  23 And He said to them all, If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.  24 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for My sake, the same shall save it.  25 For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away?  26 For whosoever shall be ashamed of Me and of My words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when He shall come in His own glory, and in His Father’s, and of the holy angels.  27 But I tell you of a truth, there be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the kingdom of God.

Questions:

1. What did Jesus begin to show (teach) His disciples (Matthew 16:21; Mark 8:31; Luke 9:22)?

2. How did Peter respond (Matthew 16:22; Mark 8:32)?

3. How did Jesus respond to Peter’s rebuke (Matthew 16:23; Mark 8:33)?

4. What did Jesus say about following Him (Matthew 16:24-25; Mark 8:34-35; Luke 9:23-24)?  

5. What will the Son of man do when He returns (Matthew 16:27)?

6. Of whom will Jesus be ashamed (Mark 8:38; Luke 9:26)?

Answers:

1. Jesus began to show that He must go to Jerusalem, suffer many things, be rejected, be killed, and be raised again on the third day.

2. Peter rebuked Jesus.

3. Jesus said, “Get thee behind Me, satan: thou art an offence unto Me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.”

4. Jesus said, If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.  25 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for My sake and the gospel’s shall find it.”

5. When Jesus, the Son of man returns, He shall reward every man according to his works.

6. Jesus will be ashamed of the one who is ashamed of Him and His words.

HEAR the WORD

Matthew 16:28 (KJV) “Verily I say unto you, There be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in His kingdom.”

Mark 9:1 (KJV) And He said unto them, “Verily I say unto you, That there be some of them that stand here, which shall not taste of death, till they have seen the kingdom of God come with power.”

Luke 9:27 (KJV) “But I tell you of a truth, there be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the kingdom of God.”

MEDITATE on the WORD

Ponder the above verses.  What do you believe these verses mean? My Bible notes: When Jesus said some would not “taste of death until they saw the kingdom of God” He could have been referring to some would see the transfiguration; resurrection, ascension, or the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. The transfiguration is a strong possibility because immediately following the verses above Matthew, Mark, and Luke speak of the transfiguration (Matthew 17:1-3; Mark 9:2-8; Luke 9:29-32).

MEMORIZE the WORD

Luke 9:23 (NIV) Then Jesus said to them all, “If anyone would come after Me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me.”

LOVE and LIVE the WORD

Following God can be costly.  It can cost us our reputation, our health, our money and indeed our life.  But the reward is still well worth the commitment.  

TEACH and SHARE the WORD

We must be willing to deny ourselves, to take up our crosses and follow Jesus.  We cannot just say we’re going to do these things, we must do them.  The way we live our life, our example, may help others who are struggling with what they should do.  

PRAY the WORD

Lord, I thank You for Your sacrifice (Matthew 16:21; Mark 8:31; Luke 9:22).  Lord, I pray we will not question Your plans, even when we don’t understand them (Matthew 16:22; Mark 8:32).  Lord, I pray we will indeed deny our own desires, take up Your will, take up our crosses and follow You (Matthew 16:24; Mark 8:34; Luke 9:23).  Lord, I pray our works will be rewarded when You return (Matthew 16:27).  In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

ENCOURAGEMENT

“May you and I seek to do God’s will.” <>< Dona