Chapter 16

The Pharisees and Sadducees came to Jesus and tested him by asking him to show them a sign from Heaven. 2Jesus answered them, “Evening comes and you say, ‘There’ll be good weather, because the sky is red.’ 3And in the morning, ‘Today’ll be wintry, because the sky is red and gloomy. You certainly know how to interpret the sky. But you can’t interpret the signs of the times? 4An evil and adulterous generation looks for a sign, and no sign will be given except the sign of Jonah.” And he left them and went away.

5The disciples came to the other side of the sea, but forgot to bring bread. 6Jesus said to them, “Watch out for the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” 7The disciples figured, “It’s because we didn’t bring bread.” 8Jesus knew this and said, “Why do y’all think, you faithless people, that it’s because y’all didn’t bring bread? 9Y’all still don’t get it? Don’t you all remember the five loaves of bread and the five thousand people, and how many baskets the leftovers filled? 10And what about the seven loaves of bread and the four thousand, and how many baskets the leftovers filled then? 11How could y’all not know that I wasn’t talking about bread? Watch out for the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees!” 12Then they understood that he didn’t mean to watch out for the yeast of the bread, but watch out for the teachings of the Pharisees and Sadducees.

13Jesus came to the area of Caesarea and Philippi, and he asked his disciples, “Who do men say the Son of Man is?” 14They said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others say Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15Jesus said to them, “But who do you say I am?” 16Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God.” 17Jesus said to him, “You’re blessed, Simon Barjonah, because it wasn’t flesh and blood that revealed this to you, it was my Heavenly Father. 18Also, I say to you, you are Peter. And on this rock I’ll build my church, and the gates of hell won’t win against it. 19I’ll give you the keys to Heaven’s Empire. What you tie up on earth will be tied up in Heaven, and what you untie on earth will be untied in Heaven.” 20Then he commanded the disciples not to tell anyone that he is the Christ.

21Starting then, Jesus began to show his disciples that he’ll have to go to Jerusalem and suffer a lot at the hands of the elders, the chief priests, and the scholars, and be killed. Then on the third day he’ll be raised. 22Peter took him aside and scolded him, saying “God save you, Master! There’s no way in hell this’ll happen to you!” 23Jesus turned to Peter and said, “Get away from me, Satan! You’re in my way! You’re not thinking about God’s things, you’re thinking about man’s things.

24Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If anybody wants to follow me, he should completely deny himself, take up his cross and follow me. 25Whoever wants to save his soul will destroy it, and whoever destroys his soul for my sake will find it. 26What good is it for man if he wins the whole world, but loses his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?

27“The Son of Man will come in His Father’s splendor with His angels, and He’ll reward everyone according to his works. 28Yes, I tell y’all, there are some standing here that won’t taste death till they see the Son of Man coming in His Empire!

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