Luke 24:46 He told them, “This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day,
Acts 2:23-24 23 This man was handed over to you by God’s deliberate plan and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men,[a] put him to death by nailing him to the cross. 24 But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him.
On this verse Jesus told His disciple the prediction of His death.
The resurrection of Jesus is the receipt of our redemption
Who was the blessing to Jesus at this point?
It was Peter because he doesn't want Jesus to be crucified. And Peter was only thinking of the physical death. We must understand that at that time Peter was only a baby christian.
Remember at the desert the temptation of Jesus. And the book of Hebrews Jesus endured the Cross to overcome the world. As there are no other way.
Let your mind be set to the things spirit.
The mind controlled by the spirit is peace those who are in sinful nature are setting its mind to the pleasure of this world.
In verse 24: think about this, are we denying ourselves to follow Jesus?
It means we are giving our whole life (and not partial) to God - To be fully dedicated.
How do we deny ourselves? Put aside our selfish ambition, as the nature of man will always think our own interest.. not only selfish ambition but in dealing with our sins, do we have patience, kindness and gentleness?
Forget yourself? Not physicaly but spiritually.
To conform in Jesus examples of living - to act like Jesus and not like the world.
Romans 12:2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Money is a good servant but a dangerous master.
For the LOVE of money is the root of all evil.
Take up the cross?
Means to endure and persevere the hardship.
What is the opposite of taking up the cross? It is ignoring the cross.
1 Timothy 3:3-4
not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him, and he must do so in a manner worthy of full[a] respect.
Remember the saying "All disciples are believers but not all believers are disciples".
Dedicate you life to God.
Mark 8:35 For whoever wants to save their life[a] will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it.
As what good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet looses his soul?
John 8:12 When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
1 Corinthians 15:58 Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.
We are going to be rewarded to what we have done.
Matthew 10:42 And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones who is my disciple, truly I tell you, that person will certainly not lose their reward.”
Do not ignore God's words - BIBLE - Basic Instructions Before Leaving this Earth.
Know it in youp mind.
Store it in youp heart..
Show it in your life.
Genesis 22:8 Abraham answered, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” And the two of them went on together.
At this time God tested Abraham, if he really trusted God by way of sacrificing his only son Isaac.
Personally, the other night I was so worried and couldn't really some sleep because I was thinking of the funds for the church building. During the morning when I prayed and asked the Lord to speak to me in my time of need. I wanted to be comforted and reminded of His word. Indeed, God is so faithful He gave me this verse to build-up my spirit and encourage me to cast everything unto Him for He's faithful God. He is our Jehovah Jireh!