Thought of the Day
Matthew 16:24-28 AMP
 Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to follow Me [as My disciple], he must deny himself [set aside selfish interests], and take up his cross [expressing a willingness to endure whatever may come] and follow Me [believing in Me, conforming to My example in living and, if need be, suffering or perhaps dying because of faith in Me].  For whoever wishes to save his life [in this world] will [eventually] lose it [through death], but whoever loses his life [in this world] for My sake will find it [that is, life with Me for all eternity].  For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world [wealth, fame, success], but forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?  For the Son of Man is going to come in the glory and majesty of His Father with His angels, and THEN HE WILL REPAY EACH ONE IN ACCORDANCE WITH WHAT HE HAS DONE.  “I assure you and most solemnly say to you, there are some of those standing here who will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming in His kingdom.”
Matthew 17:1-13 AMP
 Six days later Jesus took with Him Peter and James and John the brother of James, and led them up on a high mountain by themselves.  And His appearance changed dramatically in their presence; and His face shone [with heavenly glory, clear and bright] like the sun, and His clothing became as white as light.  And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Jesus.  Then Peter began to speak and said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good and delightful and auspicious that we are here; if You wish, I will put up three [sacred] tents here-one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”  While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is My beloved Son, with whom I am well-pleased and delighted! Listen to Him!”  When the disciples heard it, they fell on their faces and were terrified.  But Jesus came and touched them and said, “Get up, and do not be afraid.”  And when they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus Himself alone.  And as they were going down the mountain, Jesus commanded them, “Do not tell anyone what you have seen until the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.”  The disciples asked Him, “Then why do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?”  He answered and said, “Elijah is coming and will restore all things;  but I say to you that Elijah has come already, and they did not recognize him, but did to him as they wished. The Son of Man is also going to suffer at their hands.”  Then the disciples understood that He had spoken to them about John the Baptist.