One time when Jesus was praying alone, his followers were with him, and he asked them, "Who do the people say I am?"
They answered, "Some say you are John the Baptist. Others say you are Elijah. And others say you are one of the prophets from long ago who has come back to life."
Then Jesus asked, "But who do you say I am?" Peter answered, "You are the Christ from God."
Jesus warned them not to tell anyone, saying,
"The Son of Man must suffer many things. He will be rejected by the older Jewish leaders, the leading priests, and the teachers of the law. He will be killed and after three days will be raised from the dead."
Jesus said to all of them, "If people want to follow me, they must give up the things they want. They must be willing to give up their lives daily to follow me.
Those who want to save their lives will give up true life. But those who give up their lives for me will have true life.
It is worth nothing for them to have the whole world if they themselves are destroyed or lost.
If people are ashamed of me and my teaching, then the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his glory and with the glory of the Father and the holy angels.
I tell you the truth, some people standing here will see the kingdom of God before they die."
About eight days after Jesus said these things, he took Peter, John, and James and went up on a mountain to pray.