Mark 8:31-38

Jesus tells his disciples how he would die

31 Then Jesus began to teach his disciples about the things that must happen to the Son of Man. People would cause him to have great pain. The important Jews, the leaders of the priests and the teachers of God's Law would be against him. People would kill him. But after three days, he would become alive again.

8:31Before this time, Jesus had not told anyone so clearly what would happen to him.

32 What Jesus said was very clear. Then Peter took Jesus away from the other disciples. Peter began to tell Jesus that he must not say things like that.

33 Jesus turned round and he looked at his disciples. He said that Peter was not saying good things. He said to Peter, ‘Satan, go away from me! Your thoughts do not come from God. Instead, you are thinking like men think.’

8:33Peter did not understand that God wanted Jesus to die for us. Satan wanted Peter to stop Jesus, so that Jesus would not obey God. That is why Jesus called him Satan.

34 Then Jesus asked the crowd and his disciples to come to him. He said to them, ‘A person who wants to come with me must not think about himself. He must decide that his own life is not important. And he must be like someone who carries his own cross to go and die. Then he may come with me as my disciple. 35 Whoever wants to keep his own life safe will lose it. But whoever gives his life to serve me and God's good news will have true life. 36 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. 37 There is nothing that a person can give to get back his life. 38 People who are living today do not obey God. They are very bad. But you must not be ashamed of me or of my words. If you are, then the Son of Man will be ashamed of you. One day he will return and God's holy angels will be with him. He will have the beautiful power of his Father. He will be ashamed of you on that day if you are ashamed of him now.’