Week 3: Jesus’ Ministry—Matthew 16-28
This week will complete the Gospel account as recorded by Matthew. This portion of Matthew focuses primarily on Jesus journey to Jerusalem and, of course, His climactic death there by crucifixion.
Jesus’ arrival in Jerusalem comes in chapter 21. The last large section of teaching takes place during this final week and ends at 26:1.
An important transition takes place following Peter’s great confession of the identity of Jesus as God’s Son (16:16). After this time, Jesus began to explain to His disciples the fate that awaited Him in Jerusalem (16:21). Understandably, they had difficulty grasping this idea. But difficult or not, these events unfold precisely as Jesus said.