Matthew 16

1The Pharisees and Sadducees came to Jesus. They wanted to test him, so they asked him to show them a sign from the sky. 2He answered them, ‘In the evening you say, "It will be a nice day tomorrow because the sky is red." 3In the morning you say, "It will be a stormy day, because the sky is red and there are clouds." You know the meaning of these signs in the sky. But you do not know the meaning of the signs about the time in which we are living. 4People today are wrong. They have gone away from God. They want a sign. No sign will be given them but the sign of Jonah.’ Then Jesus went away and left them.

5When the disciples reached the other side of the sea, they found they had forgotten to bring any bread with them. 6Jesus said, ‘Watch! Do not let the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees spoil you.’ 7The disciples said to each other, ‘He said that because we did not bring any bread.’ 8Jesus knew what they were saying. He said to them, ‘You don’t believe very much in me. Why are you saying to each other, "We have no bread". 9Do you not yet understand? When there were five thousand people, there were only five loaves of bread. Do you not remember how many baskets full of pieces you gathered up? 10When there were four thousand people, there were only seven loaves. Do you not remember how many baskets full of pieces you gathered up? 11Why do you not understand that I was not talking about bread? Take care. Do not let the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees spoil you.’ 12Then they understood that he was not talking about bread. He did not mean that the yeast of bread would spoil them. They understood that he was talking about the things the Pharisees and Sadducees taught.

13Jesus went to the country of Caesarea Philippi. He asked his disciples, ‘I am the Son of Man. Whom do people say I am?’ 14They answered, ‘Some people say you are John the Baptizer. Others say you are Elijah. And others say you are Jeremiah or one of the prophets.’ 15Jesus said to them, ‘Whom do you say I am?’ 16Simon Peter answered, ‘You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.’ 17Jesus answered, ‘Simon, Jonah’s son, God has blessed you. No person on earth has showed you this. But my Father in heaven has showed you. 18I tell you this. You are Peter. On this rock I will build my church. The power of death will not destroy it. 19I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven. What you tie on earth will be tied in heaven. What you set free on earth will be set free in heaven.’ 20Then Jesus said to the disciples, ‘Do not tell anyone that I am the Christ.’

21From that time on, Jesus began to teach his disciples. He said, ‘I must go to Jerusalem. I will have much trouble from the leaders, the chief priests, and the scribes. I will be killed. On the third day, I will be raised from death.’ 22Peter took him to one side and began to talk to him. He said, ‘Lord! May God stop it! This must never happen to you.’ 23But Jesus turned to Peter and said, ‘Get away from me Satan! You are trying to make me do wrong. You are not thinking the way God thinks, but the way people think.’

24Then Jesus told his disciples, ‘If anyone wants to come with me, he must leave what he himself wants to do. He must be willing to carry his cross and come with me. 25Anyone who wants to keep his life will lose it. And anyone who gives up his life for my sake will find it. 26What good will it do a man if he gets the whole world for himself, but loses his life? What can a person give to get back his life? 27The Son of Man will come with his angels and will be great like his Father. Then he will pay every man for what he has done. 28I tell you the truth. Some people are standing here who will not die before they see the Son of Man come in his kingdom.’

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