Expectation vs Reality
Jesus Heals a Blind Man at Bethsaida
22 And they came jto Bethsaida. And some people brought to him a blind man andbegged him to touch him. 23 And khe took the blind man by the hand and led him out of thevillage, and when khe had lspit on his eyes and mlaid his hands on him, he asked him, “Doyou see anything?” 24 And he looked up and said, “I see people, but they look like trees,walking.” 25 Then Jesus3 laid his hands on his eyes again; and he opened his eyes, his sightwas restored, and he saw everything clearly. 26 And he sent him to his home, saying, n“Donot even enter the village.”
Peter Confesses Jesus as the Christ
27 oAnd Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi. And onthe way he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” 28 And they told him,p“John the Baptist; and others say, qElijah; and others, one of the prophets.” 29 And heasked them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered him, r“You are sthe Christ.”30 tAnd he strictly charged them to tell no one about him.
Jesus Foretells His Death and Resurrection
31 uAnd he began to teach them that vthe Son of Man must wsuffer many things andxbe rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes and be killed, and yafterthree days rise again. 32 And he said this zplainly. And Peter took him aside and began torebuke him. 33 But turning and seeing his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, a“Getbehind me, Satan! For you bare not setting your mind on the things of God, but on thethings of man.”
34 And calling the crowd to him with his disciples, he said to them, “If anyone wouldcome after me, let him cdeny himself and dtake up his cross and follow me. 35 Fordwhoever would save his life4 will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake eand thegospel’s will save it. 36 fFor what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeithis soul? 37 For gwhat can a man give in return for his soul? 38 For hwhoever is ashamed ofme and of my words in this iadulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of Manalso be ashamed jwhen he comes in the glory of his Father with kthe holy angels.”