Peter Declares That Jesus Is the Messiah
18Â Once when Jesus was praying in private and his disciples were with him, he asked them, â€œWho do the crowds say I am?â€
19Â They replied, â€œSome say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, that one of the prophets of long ago has come back to life.â€
20Â â€œBut what about you?â€ he asked. â€œWho do you say I am?â€
Peter answered, â€œGodâ€™s Messiah.â€
Jesus Predicts His Death
21Â Jesus strictly warned them not to tell this to anyone. 22Â And he said, â€œThe Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.â€
23Â Then he said to them all: â€œWhoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. 24Â For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it. 25Â What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit their very self? 26Â Whoever is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.
27Â â€œTruly I tell you, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the kingdom of God.â€
28Â About eight days after Jesus said this, he took Peter, John and James with him and went up onto a mountain to pray. 29Â As he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became as bright as a flash of lightning. 30Â Two men, Moses and Elijah, appeared in glorious splendor, talking with Jesus. 31Â They spoke about his departure, which he was about to bring to fulfillment at Jerusalem. 32Â Peter and his companions were very sleepy, but when they became fully awake, they saw his glory and the two men standing with him. 33Â As the men were leaving Jesus, Peter said to him, â€œMaster, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three sheltersâ€”one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.â€ (He did not know what he was saying.)
34Â While he was speaking, a cloud appeared and covered them, and they were afraid as they entered the cloud. 35Â A voice came from the cloud, saying, â€œThis is my Son, whom I have chosen; listen to him.â€ 36Â When the voice had spoken, they found that Jesus was alone. The disciples kept this to themselves and did not tell anyone at that time what they had seen.