21 Jesus strictly warned them not to tell this to anyone.(G)22 And he said, “The Son of Man(H) must suffer many things(I) and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law,(J) and he must be killed(K) and on the third day(L) be raised to life.”(M)
Once, when Jesus was praying, he asked his disciples 2 questions. One was objective; the other, subjective. The crowds knew that Jesus was a good man, even a prophet. But Jesus' disciples who lived with him and had a personal relationship with him knew that Jesus was the Messiah. He is the fulfillment of all God's promises; he was sent by God to save us from sin and death. He is our hope. He is the one worthy of our worship. To confess that Jesus is the Christ, the Messiah, means to commit one's heart and life to him.
2. The Son of Man must suffer (21-22)
'Son of Man' is a Messianic title (Da 7:13). The Messiah is the king God promised to send to rule; but first he must suffer and die and be raised from death, for this is God's way of conquering sin and death and winning victory over Satan.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, you are my Christ, my Savior and King. I know that your death on the cross is for me.