- 16:21 indicates Christ’s clear awareness of the cross ahead.
The word ‘must’ expresses a sense of inward necessity.
What does this reveal about the character of Christ’s death?
- What are the terms of discipleship (verse 24)?
What incentive does Christ put forward in verses 25-28 to encourage his disciple to pay the cost?
What did Peter particularly need to learn (verse 22, 23)?
- In the story of the transformation (17:1-14), can you see its purpose:
(a) for Christ himself, and
(b) for his disciples?
Note: 16:28. The reference here to ‘the Son of Man coming in his kingdom’ would seem to be not to his second advent but to his post-resurrection triumph and exaltation to the throne.