Matthew 16:13-28; Matthew 17:1-20 (Lexham English Bible)

Peter’s Confession at Caesarea Philippi

13 Now [when] Jesus came to the region of Caesarea {Philippi}, he began asking his disciples, saying, "Who do people say [that] the Son of Man is?" 14 And they said, {Some} [say] John the Baptist, but others Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets." 15 He said to them, "But who do you say [that] I am?" 16 And Simon Peter answered [and] said, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God!" 17 And Jesus answered [and] said to him, "Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, because flesh and blood did not reveal [this] to you, but my Father [who is] in heaven. 18 And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overpower it! 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you release on earth will be released in heaven." 20 Then he commanded the disciples that they should tell no one that he was the Christ.

Jesus Predicts His Death and Resurrection

21 From that time [on] Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many [things] from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised on the third day. 22 And Peter took him aside [and] began to rebuke him, saying, {God forbid}, Lord! This will never happen to you!" 23 But he turned around [and] said to Peter, "Get behind me, Satan! You are a cause for stumbling to me, because you are not intent on the things of God, but the things of people!"

Taking Up One’s Cross to Follow Jesus

24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, "If anyone wants to come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 25 For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life on account of me will find it. 26 For what will a person be benefited if he gains the whole world but forfeits his life? Or what will a person give in exchange for his life? 27 For the Son of Man is going to come in the glory of his Father with his angels, and at that time he will reward each one according to {what he has done}. 28 Truly I say to you, that there are some of those standing here who will never experience death until they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom."

The Transfiguration

1 And after six days Jesus took along Peter and James and John his brother, and led them up on a high mountain by themselves. 2 And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothing became bright as the light. 3 And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with him. 4 So Peter answered [and] said to Jesus, "Lord, it is good [that] we are here! If you want, I will make here three shelters, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah." 5 [While] he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and behold, a voice from the cloud said, "This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased. Listen to him!" 6 And [when] the disciples heard [this], they fell down on their faces and were extremely frightened. 7 And Jesus came and touched them [and] said, "Get up and do not be afraid." 8 And [when they] lifted up their eyes they saw no one except him--Jesus alone. 9 And [as] they were coming down from the mountain, Jesus commanded them saying, "Tell no one the vision until the Son of Man is raised from the dead." 10 And the disciples asked him, saying, "Then why do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?" 11 And he answered [and] said, "Elijah indeed is coming, and will restore all [things]. 12 But I say to you that Elijah has already come, and they did not recognize him, but did with him whatever they wanted. In the [same] way also the Son of Man is going to suffer [at] their hands." 13 Then the disciples understood that he had spoken to them about John the Baptist.

A Demon-possessed Boy Healed

14 And [when they] came to the crowd, a man approached him, kneeling down before him 15 and saying, "Lord, have mercy on my son, because he has seizures and suffers severely, for often he falls into the fire and often into the water. 16 And I brought him to your disciples, and they were not able to heal him." 17 And Jesus answered [and] said, "O unbelieving and perverse generation! {How long} will I be with you? {How long} must I put up with you? Bring him here to me!" 18 And Jesus rebuked him, and the demon came out of him and the boy was healed from that hour. 19 Then the disciples approached Jesus privately [and] said, {Why} were we not able to expel it?" 20 And he said to them, "Because of your little faith. For truly I say to you, if you have faith like a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, 'Move from here [to] there,' and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you."
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