This past weekend at Eastbrook, we began a new preaching series, which also parallels the season of Advent, entitled “‘Tis the Reason.” This first week of the series focuses on Jesus’ first description of His pending suffering in Jerusalem and Peter’s monumental misunderstanding of Jesus’ calling as Messiah as seen in Matthew 16:21-28. Thus begins one of the most dramatic turns in the Gospel of Matthew from Galilee toward Jerusalem, and from Jesus’ Messianic identity being unveiled to His stark mission to suffer and rise again for humanity.
This message is part of the seventh part of our longer series on Matthew, which includes “Family Tree,” “Power in Preparation,” “Becoming Real,” “The Messiah’s Mission,” “Stories of the Kingdom,” and “Who Do You Say I Am?”
You can find the message video and outline below. You can also view the entire series here. Join us for weekend worship in-person or remotely via Eastbrook at Home.
“From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things…and that he must be killed and on the third day raised to life.” (Matthew 16:21)
A Different Sort of Messiah (Matthew 16:21)
“From that time on…”
The suffering Messiah
The resurrected Messiah
Confusion About the Messiah (Matthew 16:22-23)
Jesus’ rebuke of Peter’s rebuke
The concerns of God versus the concerns of humanity
A Different Sort of Discipleship (Matthew 16:24-28)
Discipleship is shaped by a Cross
Discipleship loses one’s life in order to find it
Discipleship lives in light of the coming glory of Jesus
A Different Sort of Peace in Jesus
Seeing Jesus as Messiah in His own way
Encountering the Cross of Jesus the Messiah
Living in the Cross of Jesus the Messiah until full glory arrives
This week dig deeper in one or more of the following ways:
- Memorize Matthew 16:21 or 16:24
- Journal, draw, paint, or ink this episode of Jesus’ teaching and His interaction with Peter and the other disciples. As you do this, ask God to help you grow in understanding what He wants to speak to you about your relationship with Christ.
- Reread the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7) in light of Jesus’ description of discipleship here in Matthew 16:24-26. As you read, lay areas of your life down before the Lord, confess sin that God brings to your mind, and invite Jesus to be Lord of your life in new ways.
- Consider reading further on the topics of this passage with John Stott’s The Cross of Christ or Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s The Cost of Discipleship.