By Rev. Dr. Sergio ArevaloThe Legend of Arevalo. Read more ... »
August 31, 2014 (12th Sunday after Pentecost613 Laws Summarize Into Two. Read more ... »)
For example, Fernando Poe was always alive at the end of the movies. He should not die because his fans do not like him to die in his movies. If he would die in the first part, there must be twin brother who will continue his image. No more suspense.
In the movies of Ramon Revilla, he was always deadJesus is Missing!. Read more ... ». The ending that he was alive was not acceptable since he was portraying dead people, usually criminals. No more suspense.
In the same manner, Jesus foretold his own storyYou Have No Right to Keep it!. Read more ... » to his followers. He already told the gist of the story. It had no more suspense in his story since he already told the gist, and the ending.
I. Jesus Foretells the Completion of His Mission
In our passage, Jesus began to show his disciplesThree Important Roles of Christ’s Disciples. Read more ... » that he would have to go to Jerusalem, and sufferThree Things Expected of a Disciple. Read more ... » a great deal because of the Jewish“Give Back to Caesar the Things that are Caesar's”. Read more ... » leadersLeaders Question This Man on What Authority He is Doing Those Benevolence, They Could Not Reason Out When He Responds. Read more ... ». Then he would be killed, but on the third day he would be raised (Mt. 16:21).
In this passage, it seems that we are like watching a movieBRUNO is a Trash!. Read more ... » trailer, Jesus was highlighting the actions in his missionsCHURCH PLANTING VISION IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. Read more ... ». For some people, they already knowHow to Know the Presence of the Holy Spirit?. Read more ... » what would be the ending of that movie. In the narration of Jesus, he would be murderedWhy the King Killed Those Who Did Not Attend His Son’s Wedding?. Read more ... », but he would be raised from the dead.
Jesus foretold the completion of his mission. It was not just completion, but it was victorious completion! Is that wonderful? We who are pursuing Jesus’ mission have hope that the LordMary Praises the Greatness of God. Read more ... » will bring victorious completion of his mission here on earthCreatio ex Nihilo: Creation Through Amazing Words and Power. Read more ... ».
II. Jesus Rebukes PeterThis Man Asks How Many Times to Forgive; He is Amazed What He Discovered. Read more ... » for Wrong Conception of His Mission
Peter did not like the ending of Jesus’ story. Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, saying“Into Your Hands”. Read more ... », “GodThe Greatest is Love. Read more ... » be merciful to you, Lord! This must never happen to you” (Mt. 16:22).
But Jesus turned and told Peter, “Get behind me, SatanThe Three Temptations of Jesus. Read more ... »! You are an offense to me, because you are not thinking God’s thoughts but human thoughts” (Mt. 16:23).
Sometimes, Jesus’ followers wanted to look goodThree Deeds That Show the Intentions of the Shepherd and the Thief. Read more ... » with the sight of the Lord, but Jesus rebuked him for his wrong conception. Jesus knew the victorious completion of his mission, but it was not an easy thing. He would suffer, die and rise again after three days, and it happened.
III. Jesus Teaches His Disciples on How to Join His Mission
Mat 16:24-26 says, “Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone wants to follow me, he must denyThree Things Expected of a Disciple. Read more ... » himself, pick up his crossBear Jesus’ Yoke to Unburden Your Yoke. Read more ... », and follow me continually. Whoever wants to saveThe Greatest Act of God. Read more ... » his lifeThree Deeds That Show the Intentions of the Shepherd and the Thief. Read more ... » will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it, because what profit will a person have if he gains the whole worldThe Greatest Act of God. Read more ... » and forfeits his life? Or what can a person giveThree Deeds That Show the Intentions of the Shepherd and the Thief. Read more ... » in exchange for his life?”
The key wordCreatio ex Nihilo: Creation Through Amazing Words and Power. Read more ... » in these verses is selfJesus is Missing!. Read more ... »-denial. Giving oneself for Jesus’ mission. Giving oneself is not an easy task. It is sacrifice“It is Finished!”. Read more ... ». In our passage, Jesus says pick up our crosses while following him continually. This may mean forgetting ourselves, forgetting our egos, and forgetting our families, indeed, forgetting everything for the sake of Jesus. We can only join with His mission if we deny ourselves.
Here’s a good story of self-denial. PastorIsaiah’s Prophecy on the Coming of the Savior. Read more ... » Charles Spurgeon and his wifeA Man Accidentally Found Hidden Treasure in Other’s Field. Look What Did He Sacrifice to Get It.. Read more ... » would sell, but refused to give away, the eggs their chickens laid. Even close relatives were told, “You may have them if you pay for them.” As a result some people labeled the Spurgeons greedy and grasping.
They accepted the criticisms without defending themselves, and only after Mrs. Spurgeon died was the full story revealed.
All the profits from the sale of eggs went to supportJesus Prays for Glory and His Disciples’ Protection. Read more ... » two elderly widows. Because the Spurgeons where unwilling to let their left hand know what the right hand was doing (Matthew 6:3), they endured the attacks in silence (sermonillustrations.comThe Greatest Act of God. Read more ... »).
The Spurgeons forgot their ego, their image among his people and community, just for the sake of helping the poorLiberation Theology's Concept of "Poor". Read more ... » widows as a clear example of following Jesus.
The good thing of following Jesus is this rewardThey Complain to the Landowner Simply Because He is Generous and Fair to All His Laborers. Read more ... » for his followers, Mat 16:27-28 says, “The Son of Man“Into Your Hands”. Read more ... » is going to comeFollow Me: The Cost of Following Jesus. Read more ... » with his angelsThe Man with Unclean Lips Sends by the King of the Armies. Read more ... » in his Father“Into Your Hands”. Read more ... »’s gloryPGF the Lord!. Read more ... », and then he will repay everyone according to what he has done. I tell you with certainty, some people standing here will not experience deathLazarus’ Raising as a Proof of Resurrection. Read more ... » before they see the SonThe Angel of The Lord Announces the Good News!. Read more ... » of ManHow to Ascertain God's Will?. Read more ... » coming“Ready or not, here I come...again.”. Read more ... » in his kingdomThey Complain to the Landowner Simply Because He is Generous and Fair to All His Laborers. Read more ... ».” The glory of Jesus would be shared to us who are following Jesus, and doing his missions.
At one point early in Julius Caesar“Give Back to Caesar the Things that are Caesar's”. Read more ... »’s political“Give Back to Caesar the Things that are Caesar's”. Read more ... » career, feelings ran so high against him that he thought it best to leave RomeA Poem for all Mothers. Read more ... ».
He sailed for the Aegean Island of Rhodes, but en route the ship was attacked by pirates and Caesar was captured.
The pirates demanded a ransom of 12,000 goldCome! Share Your Master’s Joy!. Read more ... » pieces, and Caesar’s staff was sent“As the Father has Sent me, so I Send You!”. Read more ... » away to arrange the payment.
Caesar spent almost 40 days with his captors, jokingly telling the pirates on several occasions that he would someday capture and crucify them.
The kidnappers were greatly amused, but when the ransom was paid and Caesar was freed, the first thing he did was gather a fleet and pursue the pirates. They were captured and crucified!
Such was the Romans’ attitude toward crucifixionThe Persecution of the King of the Jews. Read more ... ». It was to be reserved for the worst of criminals, a means of showing extreme contempt for the condemned. The sufferingDoes God Repent in Nineveh?. Read more ... » and humiliation of a Roman“Into Your Hands”. Read more ... » crucifixion were unequaled.
Jesus died on the hands“Into Your Hands”. Read more ... » of the Romans, on the cross. Jesus experienced suffering and humiliation just to save us from our sinsNew Year, New Creation. Read more ... » so that his mission could be completed“It is Finished!”. Read more ... ».