Reading: Matthew 16:21-28

Dear Friends, Matthew 16 is a turning point in the story.  We learn something important about Jesus.  He isn’t just the Christ, the victor, the one who conquers all.  He’s also the suffering servant, the one that would be tortured and then crucified.  He would suffer as a way of serving and saving us.  The funny thing is that we so often expect our lives to only be victorious, smooth, awesome.  Suffering is built in to the plan of God.  Let’s talk about it and consider the cost together.

Peace, Pastor Dave