Think about it. Wouldn't it seem counter intuitive for Jesus to warn his disciples to not say anything about his being the Messiah? And yet, that's what he told them to do. Having done that, then, he was even more self disclosing about what was ahead, for all of them, over the next couple of months. Peter, of course, tried to talk some sense into Jesus. And there's the rub. Whenever we try to live out kingdom objectives WITHOUT kingdom power and kingdom revelation and kingdom perspective, we're always going to make a mess and that's the road down which Peter was headed. Fortunately, Jesus loved Peter, and us, enough to tell us the truth about ourselves and our predicament. Jesus goes on to clarify just exactly what would be expected of them throughout the rest of this journey. Take up their crosses; deny themselves; whoever would save their lives will lose them; whoever loses his life for the sake of Jesus finds that true life. All of it counter intuitive, but kingdom focused.