After creating a number of miracles and establishing himself as the Messiah, Jesus then informed his disciples about his future. A future they found very difficult to accept.
He advised them he had to go to Jerusalem and suffer the torture of the elders and Chief Priests and then be killed. On the third day he would rise from the grave.
Peter who was recognized as the leader of the disciples could accept what Jesus was saying and said ‘God forbid, Lord! This shall not happen to you.’
Jesus reacted angrily and said his most crushing statement to Peter and the disciples ‘Get behind me Satan! You are a hindrance to me; for you are not on the side of God but on men’
The problem that faced Peter and the disciples was that they could not understand at that point that only by Jesus dieing and resurrecting would he be remembered eternally. As with the death of the great people of our time, Jesus knew by dieing young and in such a style he will always be remembered.
This was the beginning of people in history who end up dieing at a tender age or assassinated will result in them becoming immortal. In recent times we think of JFK and Gandhi.
However the problem that faced Peter was the fact he was told of the death ahead of time, how the death was going to happen and he would have to accept it. The cross is now probably the strongest symbol in the Christian religion.
Jesus went onto say ‘If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it and whoever loses his life will lose it and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. For whatever will profit man, if he gains the whole world and forfeits his life.’
This statement makes up the base for redemption in Christian religion, and is expanded on and reproduced to be used for people to follow. Jesus basically is saying that you will suffer some pain in mans world in order to follow him in the spiritual world.