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Mark 8:27-38 The Passion Translation (TPT)

Peter Receives Revelation from God

27 Then Jesus and his disciples walked[a] to the villages near Caesarea Philippi.[b] On the way, he posed this question to his disciples: “Who do the people say that I am?”

28 They replied, “Some say John the Baptizer, others say Elijah[c] the prophet, and still others say you must be one of the prophets.”

29 He asked them, “But who do you say that I am?”

Peter[d] spoke up, saying, “You are the Messiah,[e] the Son of the Living God!”[f]

30 Then he warned them not to breathe a word of this to anyone.

Jesus Prophesies His Death and Resurrection

31 From then on, Jesus began to tell his disciples that he, the Son of Man, was destined to go to Jerusalem and suffer great injustice[g] from the elders, leading priests, and religious scholars. He also explained that he would be killed and three days later be raised to life again. 32 Jesus opened his heart and spoke freely with his disciples, explaining all these things to them.[h]

Then Peter took him aside and rebuked him.[i] 33 But Jesus turned around, and glancing at all of the other disciples,[j] he rebuked Peter, saying, “Get out of my sight, Satan![k] For your heart is not set on God’s plan but man’s!”[l]

What It Means to Be a Follower of Jesus

34 Jesus summoned the crowd, along with his disciples, and had them gather around. And he said to them: “If you truly want to follow me, you should at once completely disown your own life. And you must be willing to share my cross and experience it as your own, as you continually surrender to my ways.[m] 35 For if you let your life go for my sake and for the sake of the gospel, you will continually experience true life.[n] But if you choose to keep your life for yourself, you will forfeit what you try to keep. 36 For what use is it to gain all the wealth and power of this world, with everything it could offer you, at the cost of your own life? 37 And what could be more valuable to you than your own soul? 38 So among the unfaithful and sinful people living today, if you are ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will also be ashamed of you when he makes his appearance with his holy messengers[o] in the glorious splendor of his Father!”[p]


  1. Mark 8:27 This would likely have been a two-day journey of thirty miles north from Bethsaida.
  2. Mark 8:27 This was a beautiful area north of Lake Galilee near Tel-Dan. Located at the foothills of Mount Hermon, it was an ancient Roman city rebuilt by Philip the tetrarch in honor of Augustus Caesar.
  3. Mark 8:28 For the Jews, the return of Elijah would signal the end of days. See Mal. 4:5.
  4. Mark 8:29 The Aramaic is “Shimon” (or “Simeon”), which presents an interesting word play. Shimon means “he who hears.” Simon Peter heard the question posed by Jesus and answered it. But he also heard the revelation from the Father that Jesus is the Messiah, God’s Son. See Matt. 16:17. Simon is the first one of the disciples who truly heard the Father’s revelation of the identity of Jesus Christ.
  5. Mark 8:29 Or “the Christ,” which means “the Anointed One” (or “Messiah”).
  6. Mark 8:29 As translated from the Aramaic and a small number of Greek manuscripts.
  7. Mark 8:31 This great injustice refers to the beatings, mockings, rejection, and illegal trial Jesus endured. To have the Messiah suffer was contrary to every belief system among the Jews. The Messiah was to be the King of Israel, surrounded with glory, not suffering. Mark gives us three instances of Jesus prophesying his death and resurrection (8:31, 9:31, and 10:33). Each time Jesus made this prediction, the disciples were confused and unable to understand. So each time Jesus took the opportunity to explain what being his follower really entailed (8:34-38, 9:33-37, and 10:35–45).
  8. Mark 8:32 Or “He spoke openly [boldly, plainly, freely, honestly] about this.”
  9. Mark 8:32 Although Mark does not state what Peter was saying to Jesus, he was likely rebuking him for not understanding the role of the Messiah-King, who was going to suffer and die, but who would rise to power and bring glory to Israel. Peter wanted Jesus to come up with another plan. Yet Peter was the who was mistaken, not Jesus. How many times have we assumed we had a better plan for our lives than God had? One moment Peter speaks profoundly about Jesus’ identity, and the next he rebukes the Messiah for choosing the wrong path.
  10. Mark 8:33 Jesus knew that Peter was merely being the spokesman for all twelve disciples, voicing their opinion to Jesus on their behalf.
  11. Mark 8:33 Peter’s rebuke of Jesus became, as it were, the words of Satan himself. The word used for Satan here means “adversary.”
  12. Mark 8:33 The Aramaic can be translated “For you never cheer God but the children of men!”
  13. Mark 8:34 Or “Follow me.” This powerful verse was shocking to those who heard Jesus that day. To follow Jesus is more than the dethroning of our own lives, but the enthroning of Christ.
  14. Mark 8:35 Or “will save it” (his life). There is only one Greek word for both “soul” and “life.” The Aramaic uses a word that can mean “breath of life,” “person,” “soul,” or “self.”
  15. Mark 8:38 Or “angels.”
  16. Mark 8:38 See Dan. 7:13-14.
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