Easter Devotional – March 17

Matthew 16:21-28

Jesus Foretells His Death

21 From that time Jesus began to show 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 up on the third day. 22 Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying, “God forbid it, Lord! This shall never happen to You.” 23 But He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to Me; for you are not setting your mind on God’s interests, but man’s.”

Discipleship Is Costly

24 Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. 25 For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. 26 For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? 27 For the Son of Man is going to come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and will then repay every man according to his deeds.

28 “Truly I say to you, there are some of those who are standing here who will not taste death until they see the Son of Man coming in His kingdom.”

 

Here Jesus is telling His friends that He would become king only through suffering, death, and resurrection. Again, loyal and eager, Peter gets it embarrassingly wrong. Much like we might have been in that situation he tells Jesus that this tragedy will never happen. Jesus chews him out harshly by calling him Satan! (Remember how Satan wants to thwart God’s purposes?) He then instructs His disciples (and us) that we must lose our life to find it. Following Jesus requires dying to self-will and embracing God’s will no matter the cost. What is the result? Everlasting life in the Kingdom of King Jesus, more joy than you can ever imagine or comprehend.

What have you not given over to Jesus? What part of your life are you holding on to? What will it take for you to give your whole self over to Jesus?

Prayer:

Teach me Lord, to follow You — all in — wherever You lead, whatever the cost.

 

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB © The Lockman Foundation (www.lockman.org)

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