From Mark 8.22-9.1 we get a saying of Jesus that is often unfairly used to motivate agreement and action. Jesus said, “If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels” (NIV). What does it mean to be ashamed of Jesus and his words? Actually, an interaction with the Apostle Peter is what prompted Jesus’ words. Peter rebuking Jesus shows us what it looks like for someone to be ashamed of or offended at Jesus and his words, and it shows us that we disciples are just as likely to be guilty of it as anyone else. Jesus has some harsh words for his disciples, but the context of his words that day make clear he’s trying to invite them into a way of life that will lead to victory and freedom.