Matthew 16:21-28: Jesus Has No Part-Time

By Greg CareyMatthew 16:21-28 confronts us with the gap between Jesus’ gruesome fate and our own modest discipleship.  Jesus’ verbs say it all.  Deny the self, take up the cross, follow Christ.  Moreover, only in losing one’s life – the primary meaning of apollymi is to destroy – one may save it.  And Jesus apparently means it.  Judgment he says, involves “repaying” people according to what they have done.  At this moment we are hearing Matthew’s distinctive voice:  salvation comes not to tho … [Read more...]