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Gospel of Matthew - Chapter 16

Explore the depths of Matthew Chapter 16 in 'Know Your Faith', as we journey with Jesus around the Sea of Galilee and witness crucial interactions with the Pharisees, Sadducees, and his disciples. Discover the profound significance of 'the sign of Jonah', the importance of Peter's declaration, and the foreshadowing of Christ's passion, death, and resurrection


  • Jesus travels around the Sea of Galilee, interacting with towns and healing people.
  • The Pharisees and Sadducees begin to show their discontent with Jesus and test him by asking for a sign from heaven. Jesus responds to their demand by saying the only sign that will be given is the "sign of Jonah," alluding to the prophet Jonah's story and emphasizing repentance.
  • The disciples forget to bring bread, which prompts Jesus to warn them about the "leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees," referring to their teachings. Jesus reminds the disciples about the miracles of multiplying loaves, indicating that their concern about physical bread missed the point.
  • In Caesarea Philippi, Jesus asks his disciples who people say he is. Simon Peter confesses that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God. Jesus blesses Simon Peter, renames him as Peter ("the rock"), and entrusts him with the keys to the Kingdom of Heaven, symbolizing his leadership role in the Church. Jesus warns his disciples not to tell anyone that he is the Christ, demonstrating the Messianic Secret.
  • Jesus starts to reveal to his disciples that he will go to Jerusalem to suffer, be killed, and be raised on the third day. Peter rebukes Jesus for this prediction, but Jesus reprimands Peter, identifying his concern as a temptation from Satan to avoid the cross.
  • Jesus tells his disciples that anyone who wants to follow him must deny themselves, take up their cross, and follow him. He ends with a promise of his second coming and the assurance that some of his disciples will not taste death before they see the Son of Man in his kingdom.