Old Testament

Matthew 16
A Sign From Heaven
161The Pharisees and Sadducees came to Jesus and, as a test, they asked him to show them a sign from heaven. 2But he answered them, “When it is evening you say, ‘It will be fair weather because the sky is red.’ 3In the morning you say, ‘It will be stormy weather today because the sky is red and threatening.’ You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times! 4An evil and adulterous generation seeks a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah.” He left them and went away.
Watch Out for the Teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees
5When his disciples came to the other side, they had forgotten to take bread along. 6Jesus said to them, “Watch out and be on guard against the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.”
7They were discussing this among themselves and said, “It is because we did not bring any bread.”
8Since Jesus knew what they were saying, he said, “You of little faith! Why are you discussing among yourselves the fact that you brought no bread? 9Do you still not understand? Do you not remember the five loaves for the five thousand and how many basketfuls you picked up? 10Or the seven loaves for the four thousand and how many basketfuls you picked up? 11How is it that you do not understand that I was not talking to you about bread? But be on guard against the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.”
12Then they understood that he was not warning them about the yeast in bread, but about the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees.
Jesus Is the Christ
13When Jesus came into the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?”
14They said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”
15He said to them, “But you, who do you say that I am?”
16Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
17Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. 18And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell[] will not overpower it.[] 19I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven. Whatever you bind on earth will be[] bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” 20Then he commanded the disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Christ.
Jesus Predicts His Death and Resurrection
21From that time, Jesus began to show his disciples that he had to go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders, chief priests, and experts in the law, and be killed, and on the third day be raised again.
22Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, saying, “May you receive mercy, Lord! This will never happen to you.”
23But Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a snare[] to me because you are not thinking the things of God, but the things of men.”
Take Up the Cross
24Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If anyone wants to follow me, let him deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me. 25In fact whoever wants to save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. 26After all, what will it benefit a person if he gains the whole world, but forfeits his soul? Or what can a person give in exchange for his soul? 27For the Son of Man will come in the glory of his Father together with his angels, and then he will repay everyone according to his actions. 28Amen I tell you: Some who are standing here will certainly not taste death until they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.”