• The power of the Messiah/Kingdom Embodier is revealed in healings (8:1-9:38).
  • The mission mandate of the Messiah/Kingdom Embodier is given to all his disciples (10:1-11:1).
  • Opposition to the Messiah/Kingdom Embodier begins among the people and especially the religious leaders (11:2-12:50).
  • The Kingdom of the Messiah/Kingdom Embodier is described in the parables of the Kingdom (13:1-52).
  • The identity of the Messiah/Kingdom Embodier is revealed by works and revelation (13:53-16:20).
  • The suffering of the Messiah/Kingdom Embodier is revealed to his disciples (16:21-17:27).
Throughout chapters 8-17, the identity and mission of the Messiah-King are revealed and clarified. Chapters 8-9 provide evidentiary support for the commands and teachings in the Sermon on the Mount. The Mission Discourse (chapter 10) shares the mission of the Messiah-King and some of its implications with the disciples. Chapters 11-12 show increasing opposition to and the authoritative response of Jesus. The Parabolic Discourse (chapter 13) clarifies the mission by describing the nature of the kingdom. Chapters 14-16 lead to Peter’s confession that Jesus is the Messiah the Son of the Living God. In chapter 17, Jesus starts telling his disciples that he must suffer death in order to complete his mission. The section ends with the disciples confused and in distress.

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