Matthew 16 Commentary

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Matthew 16:1-4

The Pharisees have teamed up with their rivals, the Sadducees, and greet Jesus in order to trap Him soon after He returns to the district of Galilee. They ask Jesus for a sign to prove that He is the Messiah.

Matthew 16:5-12

As Jesus and the disciples cross the Sea again, Jesus bids his disciples to beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees. They mistake his meaning and think they are in trouble because they forgot to bring bread.

Matthew 16:13-20

Jesus begins a significant conversation with His disciples In Caesarea Philippi. He asks His disciples about the Son of Man and who He is. Peter confesses that Jesus is the Messiah and the Son of God.

Matthew 16:21-23

Jesus continues His significant private conversation with His disciples In Caesarea Philippi. After Jesus acknowledges His identity as both God and Messiah to His disciples, He explains to them how He will be killed in Jerusalem and rise from the dead.

Matthew 16:24-28

Jesus concludes His revelatory conversation with His disciples In Caesarea Philippi by informing them that they too must die if they are to follow Him. Jesus gives the paradox of discipleship, that they must lose their lives for His sake if they are to find their lives.