(1-4) The Pharisees and Sadducees obviously didn’t get the memo: we walk by faith, not by sight. We don’t have to see signs from Heaven to believe in the One sent from Heaven.
(5-12) Bread feeds the body, but words feed the soul. Because life and death are in the power of the tongue, Christ wants us to be careful what kind of teaching we listen to, accept, and believe. Every word that comes from the mouth of God is what we ought to live by.
(13-20) Christ wasn’t really concerned with who people said He was. He was more interested in who His disciples said He was. And He is equally interested in who you and I say He is. Back then, some said Jesus was John the Baptist. Others said Jesus was Elijah. Others said He was Jeremiah. Still others said He was one of the prophets. Everyone has an opinion about Jesus. But God wants us to have the right opinion, and the right opinion is actually a fact – Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God.
(21-23) What audacity! Can you imagine pulling Jesus aside and “rebuking” Him. It wasn’t like Jesus was gung-ho about dying either, however, He was more concerned with His Father’s will being done then with His own comfort. No doubt Peter had good intentions by wanting Jesus to remain with them forever, but he was only thinking about himself. Christ was thinking about the world.
Favorite verse: (26) For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul?