If possible, read the whole chapter to see the full picture of what is happening here.
Then focus on the following section:
21From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to
Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, chief priests and
teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.
22Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. “Never, Lord!” he said. “This shall
never happen to you!” 23Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan!
You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the things of God, but the
things of men.” 24Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If anyone would come after me,
he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 25For whoever wants to
save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it. 26What good will
it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man
give in exchange for his soul? 27For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father’s
glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what he has
done. 28I tell you the truth, some who are standing here will not taste death before
they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.”
1. Peter didn’t like the idea of Christ facing death by crucifixion so he urged Jesus
to avoid it! Jesus angrily pushed him away for he lacked the perspective of God.
Every disciple must learn to look at his or her life from God’s perspective and
“take up his cross and follow”. Most of the time, our cross doesn’t represent
suffering or death, but it represents the plan and purpose of God for each of us.
We need to find and do God’s will just like Jesus did.
2. We often may think that if we do the will of God, we will “lose our life”. However,
the truth is that we will only “gain” our life and become what we most desire to
be when we do the will of God each day.
3. From Jesus’ “gain and lose” teaching (vv25-26), what do you think of your
Prayer & Journaling:
On your prayer journal, as you listen to God, write down a few thoughts, questions,
words, names, drawings, or anything that has come to your mind during this time.
Proverbs for Today: Prov 3:9-10
If we want to follow Jesus, what three things must we do? These three are
different yet closely related. Bring out the Cross which was made for chapter
10. What have you done to show you are carrying the cross to follow Jesus since
the cross was made? Be as specific and practical as possible.