Peter says who Jesus is
18 One day, Jesus was alone and he was praying. The disciples came up to him. Jesus asked them, ‘When the crowds talk about me, who do they say that I am?’
19 They replied, ‘Some people say that you are John the Baptist. Other people say that you are Elijah. And some other people say that you are one of God's prophets from long ago. They think that this prophet has become alive again.’
9:19This is the same report that Herod heard in Luke 9:7-8.
20 ‘But what do you think?’ Jesus then asked them. ‘Who do you say that I am?’
Peter replied, ‘You are the Messiah. God has sent you.’
9:20The people were waiting for God to send the Messiah. They thought that this person would save them from the Roman government. They thought that he would be a great soldier.
21 Jesus spoke very strongly to them. He told them that they must not tell anyone about this.
9:21Jesus knew that the people had wrong ideas about the Messiah. So, he wanted to teach them how God rules in the lives of his people. He wanted to show them this by his life and death. Only then would the people understand that he really was the Messiah.
22 He then said, ‘They will cause the Son of Man to have great pain. The important Jews, the leaders of the priests and the teachers of God's Law will be against him. People will kill him, but three days later God will cause him to become alive again.’
9:22Jesus told his friends what would happen to him. This is the first time that he told them.
23 Then Jesus said to all the people that were there, ‘A person who wants to be my disciple must not think about himself. He must decide that his own life is not important. Every day he must be like someone who carries his own cross to go and die. Then he may come with me as my disciple.
24 Whoever wants to keep his own life safe will lose it. But whoever gives his life to serve me will have true life. 25 A person could get everything in the whole world for himself. But if he loses his life, this would not be any good for him. He will have destroyed himself in the end. 26 You must not be ashamed of me and of my words. If you are, then the Son of Man will be ashamed of you. One day he will return and everyone will see his power. He will come with God's holy angels and will have the beautiful power of his Father God. He will be ashamed of you on that day, if you are ashamed of him now.’