ANYONE WHO LOSES HIS OR HER LIFE FOR MY SAKE, I TELL YOU SOLEMNLY, HE WILL FIND IT

ANYONE WHO LOSES HIS OR HER LIFE FOR MY SAKE, I TELL YOU SOLEMNLY, HE WILL FIND IT

By Fr. Felix (African Times Guest Writer)

When Peter spoilt his confession of faith in

Jesus as the Messiah and son of God by trying

to turn Jesus away from the suffering of the

cross, he received no congratulations but only a

rebuke.

This is the first of three times when Jesus

clearly predicts his suffering and the disciples

cannot stomach the message. Each time Jesus

repeats the message for them: they too must

share his suffering .

It is also a passage crucial for the

understanding of Jesus’ chosen title, ‘son of

man’. This is the only expression which Jesus

will use of himself, and he alone uses it in the

Gospel.

Literally it means ‘human being’, and is so used

repeatedly by the interpreting angel to the

prophet Ezekiel 4.1; 5.1; 7.1. In Aramaic usage

at the time of Jesus (or soon afterwards) it is

used as a way people gently refer to

themselves, meaning ‘I’ but not wanting to draw

attention to themselves.

In English the same usage appears with ‘one’:

‘one finds that X’ means ‘I have found that X, but

I don’t want to boast about it’. But on Jesus’ lips

has it a further meaning, a reference to the

illustrious son of man in Daniel 7.13, who

receives all power from God?

There are three occasions when such a link

seems indicated, one of which is here, ‘the son

of man is going to come in the glory of his

Father with his angels’.

Another is ‘they will see the son of man coming

on the clouds of heaven with great

glory’ (Matthew 24.30), and the third is the

declaration of Jesus before the High Priest

(26.64).

On these occasions Jesus at least hints that he

is the son of man prophesied by Daniel who

comes to the One of Great Age and receives

from him all power and authority .

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