Old Testament: Jeremiah 15:15-21
Epistle: Romans 12:9-21
Gospel: Matthew 16:21-28
The Theme of Today’s Liturgy What a difference a week makes! In last week’s Gospel reading Peter confessed that Jesus is the Christ; in today’s reading Peter is rebuked because he takes the side of man instead of the side of God (Gospel). Jesus willingly placed himself on the cross for our sins and calls us to patiently bear our own trials, trusting in His great mercy for assurance of our salvation (Gospel, Collect). The atonement of Christ Jesus was indeed necessary for us sinners who on our own could not withstand the wrath of God. Instead his wrath was poured out on his only Son for our sake (Gospel, Epistle). For those whose trust is in Christ Jesus the Lord will make restoration, he will save and deliver his people (OT).