Matthew 16:1-28, NLT
Leaders Demand a Miraculous Sign
1One day the Pharisees and Sadducees came to test Jesus, demanding that he show them a miraculous sign from heaven to prove his authority.
2He replied, “You know the saying, ‘Red sky at night means fair weather tomorrow;
Yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees
5Later, after they crossed to the other side of the lake, the disciples discovered they had forgotten to bring any bread.
7At this they began to argue with each other because they hadn’t brought any bread.
12Then at last they understood that he wasn’t speaking about the yeast in bread, but about the deceptive teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees.
Peter’s Declaration about Jesus
13When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?”*16:13 “Son of Man” is a title Jesus used for himself.
14“Well,” they replied, “some say John the Baptist, some say Elijah, and others say Jeremiah or one of the other prophets.”
15Then he asked them, “But who do you say I am?”
16Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah,*16:16 Or the Christ. Messiah (a Hebrew term) and Christ (a Greek term) both mean “anointed one.” the Son of the living God.”
17Jesus replied, “You are blessed, Simon son of John,*16:17 Greek Simon bar-Jonah; see John 1:42; 21:15-17. because my Father in heaven has revealed this to you. You did not learn this from any human being.
20Then he sternly warned the disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah.
Jesus Predicts His Death
21From then on Jesus*16:21 Some manuscripts read Jesus the Messiah. began to tell his disciples plainly that it was necessary for him to go to Jerusalem, and that he would suffer many terrible things at the hands of the elders, the leading priests, and the teachers of religious law. He would be killed, but on the third day he would be raised from the dead.
22But Peter took him aside and began to reprimand him*16:22 Or began to correct him. for saying such things. “Heaven forbid, Lord,” he said. “This will never happen to you!”
23Jesus turned to Peter and said, “Get away from me, Satan! You are a dangerous trap to me. You are seeing things merely from a human point of view, not from God’s.”
24Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross, and follow me.