Matthew 16: vs 21-28
On Sunday 23rd August, Naomi will be speaking from this passage in Matthew when Jesus predicts his death. Naomi will be looking closely at these two questions in this passage;“What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? ” And “What can anyone give in exchange for their soul?”
Here are some questions you might like to consider whilst reading this passage over the coming week;
- How do you feel as you read through this passage?
- What would it look like for you to “gain the whole world”?
- What would you be willing to sacrifice for the good of your soul?
21 From 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, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.
22 Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. “Never, Lord!” he said. “This shall never happen to you!”
23 Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.”
24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 25 For whoever wants to save their life[a] will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it. 26 What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? 27 For 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 they have done.
28 “Truly I tell you, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.”