Today is the twenty-seventh day of the Lent season. We read in the lesson today that Jesus started telling His disciples that He would soon die. Peter was upset by what Jesus was telling them, and Jesus told Peter that he did not have God's concerns but only human concerns. Peter did not understand why Jesus would have to die to be a ransom for our sins. He and the other disciples thought Jesus' rule as King was for the time they were living. They did not realize that Jesus would return and reign as the King of King forever and ever. You can find this story in Matthew 16:21-26; Mark 8:31-37; and Luke 9:22-25.
Almighty and everlasting God, Thank you for loving us enough to send Your one and only Son, Jesus Christ, to live and die for our sins so that we may be Your children. Thank you for being the God of all mercy, perfect remission and forgiveness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Click on the Picture of the Tabernacle to read about the meaning that points to Jesus Christ. - Lesson from Just 4 Kids Magazine.
Acts 2:23 Or of those not having the law (that is, Gentiles)
Jesus Predicts His Death
21 "From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.
22 Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. “Never, Lord!” he said. “This shall never happen to you!”
23 Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.”
24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 25 For whoever wants to save their life[a] will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it. 26 What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?"
Matthew 16:25 The Greek word means either life or soul; also in verse 26.
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The Old Testament and Gospel Bible Text is from NIV and copied from Bible Gateway.com