The Conquering Cross
At this point in Matthew’s gospel, the disciples are beginning to understand who Jesus is. Peter’s great confession names Him as the Christ, the Son of the living God. But knowing what this means and what He will do requires more faith. What kind of a savior dies at the hands of His enemies? And what difference will it make? The Father did not send Jesus into our broken world in desperate hope that He just might be able to rescue a few people. No, He sent the Son to save the world and build a church that conquers Hades.