Then he said to all of them, "If anyone wants to follow me, he must say no to himself. He must pick up his cross every day and follow me.
If he wants to save his life, he will lose it. But if he loses his life for me, he will save it.
What good is it if someone gains the whole world but loses or gives up his very self?
"Suppose you are ashamed of me and my words. The Son of Man will come in his glory and in the glory of the Father and the holy angels. Then he will be ashamed of you.
"What I'm about to tell you is true. Some who are standing here will not die before they see God's kingdom."
About eight days after Jesus said this, he went up on a mountain to pray. He took Peter, John and James with him.
As he was praying, the appearance of his face changed. His clothes became as bright as a flash of lightning.
Two men, Moses and Elijah,
appeared in shining glory. Jesus and the two of them talked together. They spoke about his coming death. He was going to die soon in Jerusalem.
Peter and his companions had been very sleepy. But then they became completely awake. They saw Jesus' glory and the two men standing with him.
As the men were leaving Jesus, Peter spoke up. "Master," he said to him, "it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters. One will be for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah." He didn't really know what he was saying.