Jesus Predicts His Death and Resurrection

From that time Jesus began to 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.

22 Then Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying, “Far be it from You, Lord; this shall not happen to You!”

23 But He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.” — Matthew 16:21-23.

From that time — This phrase marks a new phase of Jesus’ ministry. Matthew turns from the public preaching of Jesus in Galilee to His careful instruction of the disciples about His death and resurrection, His role as Messiah and theirs as disciples. (RSB)

Jesus then begins to clearly or openly tell His disciples about the reality of sufferings, death, and resurrection that await Him. He is preparing their minds for these events so that they are not shocked or are better prepared to handle them when they happen. He tells them about the resurrection by way of assurance so that they may not lose heart. He rebukes Peter seriously when he tells Jesus there will be no suffering or death.

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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