One day when He was praying by Himself the disciples were present; and He asked them, "Who do the people say that I am?"
"John the Baptist," they replied; "but others say Elijah; and others that some one of the ancient Prophets has come back to life."
"But you," He asked, "who do you say that I am?" "God's Anointed One," replied Peter.
And Jesus strictly forbad them to tell this to any one;
and He said, "The Son of Man must suffer much cruelty, be rejected by the Elders and High Priests and Scribes, and be put to death, and on the third day be raised to life again."
And He said to all, "If any one is desirous of following me, let him ignore self and take up his cross day by day, and so be my follower.
For whoever desires to save his life shall lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake shall save it.
Why, what benefit is it to a man to have gained the whole world, but to have lost or forfeited his own self.
For whoever shall have been ashamed of me and my teachings, of him the Son of Man will be ashamed when He comes in His own and the Father's glory and in that of the holy angels.
I tell you truly that there are some of those who stand here who will certainly not taste death till they have seen the Kingdom of God."
It was about eight days after this that Jesus, taking with Him Peter, John, and James, went up the mountain to pray.