The Demand for a Sign
1The Pharisees and Sadducees came to Jesus and tested him by asking him to show them a sign from heaven.
2He replied, “When evening comes, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red,’ 3and in the morning, ‘Today it will be stormy, for the sky is red and overcast.’ You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times.16:2,3 Some early manuscripts do not have When evening comes… of the times. 4A wicked and adulterous generation looks for a sign, but none will be given it except the sign of Jonah.” Jesus then left them and went away.
The Yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees
5When they went across the lake, the disciples forgot to take bread. 6“Be careful,” Jesus said to them. “Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.”
7They discussed this among themselves and said, “It is because we didn’t bring any bread.”
8Aware of their discussion, Jesus asked, “You of little faith, why are you talking among yourselves about having no bread? 9Do you still not understand? Don’t you remember the five loaves for the five thousand, and how many basketfuls you gathered? 10Or the seven loaves for the four thousand, and how many basketfuls you gathered? 11How is it you don’t understand that I was not talking to you about bread? But be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” 12Then they understood that he was not telling them to guard against the yeast used in bread, but against the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees.
Peter Declares That Jesus Is the Messiah
13When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?”
14They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”
15“But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”
16Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”
17Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. 18And I tell you that you are Peter,16:18 The Greek word for Peter means rock. and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades16:18 That is, the realm of the dead will not overcome it. 19I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be16:19 Or will have been bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be16:19 Or will have been loosed in heaven.” 20Then he ordered his disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah.
Jesus Predicts His Death
21From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.
22Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. “Never, Lord!” he said. “This shall never happen to you!”
23Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.”
24Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 25For whoever wants to save their life16:25 The Greek word means either life or soul; also in verse 26. will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it. 26What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? 27For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father’s glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what they have done.
28“Truly I tell you, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.”
Afarisi ndi Asaduki Afuna Chizindikiro
1Afarisi ndi Asaduki anabwera kwa Yesu ndi kumuyesa pomufunsa kuti awaonetse chizindikiro chochokera kumwamba.
2Iye anayankha kuti, “Kunja kukamada, inu mumati, kudzakhala nyengo yabwino popeza thambo ndi lofiira. 3Ndipo mmawa mumati, ‘Lero kudzakhala mvula yamphepo popeza thambo ndi lofiira ndi mitambo ya mvula.’ Inu mumadziwa kutanthauzira maonekedwe a thambo koma simungathe kutanthauzira zizindikiro za nthawi. 4Mʼbado woyipa ndi wachigololo umafuna chizindikiro chodabwitsa koma palibe ngakhale chimodzi chidzapatsidwa kupatula chizindikiro cha Yona.” Pamenepo Yesu anawasiya nachoka.
Yisiti wa Afarisi ndi Asaduki
5Koma atawoloka nyanja, ophunzira anayiwala kutenga buledi. 6Yesu anawawuza kuti, “Chenjerani, khalani tcheru ndi yisiti wa Afarisi ndi Asaduki.”
7Iwo anakambirana pakati pawo za izi ndipo anati, “Ichi nʼchifukwa chakuti sitinatenge buledi aliyense.”
8Yesu atadziwa zokambirana zawo, anawafunsa kuti, “Chifukwa chiyani mukukambirana zakuti, ‘mulibe buledi?’ Inu achikhulupiriro chochepa. 9Kodi inu simukumvetsetsabe? Kodi simukukumbukira za buledi musanu amene anadya anthu 5,000 ndi madengu amene munadzaza? 10Kapena buledi musanu ndi muwiri amene anadya anthu 4,000, nanga ndi madengu angati amene munadzaza? 11Zitheka bwanji kuti inu simukumvetsetsa kuti Ine sindinkayankhula nanu za buledi? Koma inu chenjerani ndi yisiti wa Afarisi ndi Asaduki.” 12Kenaka iwo anazindikira kuti Iye samawawuza kuti achenjere ndi yisiti wa buledi koma ndi chiphunzitso cha Afarisi ndi Asaduki.
Petro Avomereza za Yesu
13Yesu atafika ku chigawo cha Kaisareya Filipo, Iye anafunsa ophunzira ake kuti, “Kodi anthu amati Mwana wa Munthu ndi ndani?”
14Iwo anayankha kuti, “Ena amati ndi Yohane Mʼbatizi; ena amati ndi Eliya; komanso ena amati Yeremiya kapena mmodzi wa aneneri.”
15Iye anafunsa kuti, “Nanga inuyo mumati ndine yani?”
16Simoni Petro anayankha kuti, “Inu ndinu Khristu, Mwana wa Mulungu wamoyo.”
17Yesu anati kwa iye, “Ndiwe wodala Simoni mwana wa Yona, popeza si munthu amene anakuwululira izi koma Atate anga akumwamba. 18Ndipo Ine ndikuwuza iwe kuti ndiwe Petro ndipo pa thanthwe ili Ine ndidzamangapo mpingo wanga ndipo makomo a ku gehena sadzawugonjetsa. 19Ine ndidzakupatsa makiyi a Ufumu wakumwamba, ndipo chilichonse chimene iwe udzachimanga pansi pano chidzamangidwanso kumwamba.” 20Pamenepo Iye anachenjeza ophunzira ake kuti asawuze wina aliyense kuti ndi Khristu.
Yesu Aneneratu za Imfa Yake
21Kuyambira nthawi imeneyo Yesu anayamba kuwafotokozera ophunzira ake kuti Iye ayenera kupita ku Yerusalemu ndi kukazunzidwa kwambiri mʼmanja mwa akulu a ansembe ndi aphunzitsi amalamulo kuti ayenera kuphedwa, ndi kuti tsiku lachitatu adzaukitsidwa.
22Petro anamutengera Iye pambali nayamba kumudzudzula kuti, “Dzichitireni chifundo Ambuye, sizingachitike kwa Inu ayi.”
23Yesu anatembenuka nati kwa Petro, “Choka pamaso panga Satana! Iwe ndi chokhumudwitsa kwa Ine; iwe suganizira zinthu za Mulungu koma zinthu za anthu.”
Za Kusenza Mtanda
24Pamenepo Yesu anati kwa ophunzira ake, “Ngati wina aliyense abwera pambuyo panga ayenera kudzikana ndi kutenga mtanda wake ndi kunditsata Ine. 25Pakuti aliyense amene afuna kupulumutsa moyo wake adzawutaya koma aliyense amene ataya moyo wake chifukwa cha Ine adzawupeza. 26Kodi munthu adzapindula chiyani ngati atapeza zonse za dziko lapansi nataya moyo wake? Kapena munthu angapereke chiyani chosinthana ndi moyo wake? 27Pakuti Mwana wa Munthu adzabwera mu ulemerero wa Atate ake ndi angelo ake ndipo pamenepo Iye adzapereka mphotho kwa munthu mofanana ndi zimene anachita.
28“Ine ndikuwuzani inu choonadi, ena amene akuyimirira pano sadzalawa imfa asanaone Mwana wa Munthu akudza mu ufumu.”