- Verses 28-36. What lessons would the disciples learn from this experience about the real character and mission of Jesus? Can you find any connections with the truths they had been taught the previous week (verses 20-27)?
- Verses 37-43. Note the disciples’ failure (verse 40). Do you find any significance in the fact that this followed a week of new revelations (verses 22-27)? What ought we to learn from this?
- Verse 23. ‘Take up his cross’: like a condemned criminal on the way to execution.
- Verse 27. See NBC.
- 30. Moses and Elijah represent the law and the prophets. They were God-given guides whose endorsement of fresh teaching was important. Cf. Mal. 4:4-6.