The Pharisees and Sadducees Seek a Sign
1Then the #Matt. 12:38; Mark 8:11; Luke 11:16; 12:54–56; 1 Cor. 1:22Pharisees and Sadducees came, and testing Him asked that He would show them a sign from heaven. 2He answered and said to them, “When it is evening you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red’; 3and in the morning, ‘It will be foul weather today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ Hypocrites! You know how to discern the face of the sky, but you cannot discern the signs of the times. 4#Prov. 30:12; Matt. 12:39; Luke 11:29; 24:46A wicked and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign shall be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah.” And He left them and departed.
The Leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees
5Now #Mark 8:14when His disciples had come to the other side, they had forgotten to take bread. 6Then Jesus said to them, #Mark 8:15; Luke 12:1“Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the Sadducees.”
7And they reasoned among themselves, saying, “It is because we have taken no bread.”
8But Jesus, being aware of it, said to them, “O you of little faith, why do you reason among yourselves because you have brought no bread? 9#Matt. 14:15–21; Mark 6:30–44; Luke 9:10–17; John 6:1–14Do you not yet understand, or remember the five loaves of the five thousand and how many baskets you took up? 10#Matt. 15:32–38; Mark 8:1–9Nor the seven loaves of the four thousand and how many large baskets you took up? 11How is it you do not understand that I did not speak to you concerning bread?—but to beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” 12Then they understood that He did not tell them to beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and Sadducees.
Peter Confesses Jesus as the Christ
13When Jesus came into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, saying, #Mark 8:27; Luke 9:18“Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?”
14So they said, #Matt. 14:2; Luke 9:7–9“Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or #Matt. 21:11one of the prophets.”
15He said to them, “But who do #John 6:67you say that I am?”
16Simon Peter answered and said, #Matt. 14:33; Mark 8:29; Luke 9:20; John 6:69; 11:27; Acts 8:37; 9:20; Heb. 1:2, 5; 1 John 4:15“You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
17Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, #(Eph. 2:8)for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but #(Matt. 11:27; 1 Cor. 2:10); Gal. 1:16My Father who is in heaven. 18And I also say to you that #John 1:42you are Peter, and #Acts 2:41; (Eph. 2:20; Rev. 21:14)on this rock I will build My church, and #Job 33:17; Ps. 9:13; 107:18; Is. 38:10the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. 19#Matt. 18:18; John 20:23And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”
20#Matt. 17:9; Mark 8:30; Luke 9:21Then He commanded His disciples that they should tell no one that He was Jesus the Christ.
Jesus Predicts His Death and Resurrection
21From that time Jesus began #Matt. 20:17; Mark 8:31; 9:31; Luke 9:22; 18:31; 24:46; John 2:19to show to His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised the third day.
22Then Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying, “Far be it from You, Lord; this shall not happen to You!”
23But He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind Me, #Matt. 4:10Satan! #(Rom. 8:7)You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.”
Take Up the Cross and Follow Him
24#Mark 8:34; Luke 9:23; (Acts 14:22; 2 Cor. 4:10, 11; 1 Thess. 3:3; 2 Tim. 3:12)Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and #(1 Pet. 2:21)follow Me. 25For #Luke 17:33; John 12:25whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. 26For what #Luke 12:20, 21profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or #Ps. 49:7, 8what will a man give in exchange for his soul? 27For #Matt. 26:64; Mark 8:38; Luke 9:26the Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father #(Dan. 7:10); Zech. 14:5with His angels, #Job 34:11; Ps. 62:12; Prov. 24:12; Rom. 2:6; 2 Cor. 5:10; 1 Pet. 1:17; Rev. 2:23and then He will reward each according to his works. 28“Assuredly, I say to you, #Mark 9:1; Luke 9:27; Acts 7:55, 56; Rev. 19:11there are some standing here who shall not taste death till they see the Son of Man coming in His kingdom.”