18Once when Jesus was praying by himself, the disciples joined him, and he asked them, "Who do the crowds say that I am?" 19They answered, "John the Baptist, others Elijah, and still others that one of the ancient prophets has come back to life." 20He asked them, "And what about you? Who do you say that I am?" Peter answered, "The Christ sent from God." 21Jesus gave them strict orders not to tell this to anyone. 22He said, "The Human One#Or Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected—by the elders, chief priests, and the legal experts—and be killed and be raised on the third day." 23Jesus said to everyone, "All who want to come after me must say no to themselves, take up their cross daily, and follow me. 24 All who want to save their lives will lose them. But all who lose their lives because of me will save them. 25 What advantage do people have if they gain the whole world for themselves yet perish or lose their lives? 26 Whoever is ashamed of me and my words, the Human One#Or Son of Man will be ashamed of that person when he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels. 27 I assure you that some standing here won’t die before they see God’s kingdom."