For whoever wants to save his own life will destroy it, but whoever destroys his life for my sake will find it.
In the context Yeshua is talking about his death and sacrifice. He has to do this. It is the will of Heaven. He is modeling self-sacrifice for the sake of Heaven. When Kefa (Peter) chides him about going and letting himself be killed, he calls him Satan because he is falling in line with the enemy. He is looking at Yeshua and his mission with fleshly eyes. He doesn’t see the way out of this because he can’t see past the here and now. Yeshua’s admonition that we need to be willing to let go of and destroy our own lives, our old lives to truly follow him reminds me of Avram in Lech Lecha. Just the other day, on Shabbat, we talked about the sacrifice and strength it took for Avram to uproot his life and leave his father, other family and friends behind. There even seems to be a hint that his father, Terach, had originally been called by the Holy One, but that he failed to commit and make it happen. Terach died in a land of idolatry bereft of his children and grandchildren. Avram became reborn as Avraham and dwelt in the Promised Land. He had miraculous new life brought to him there and he got to see children and grandchildren living there all because he looked past what his fleshly eyes could see and left everything behind to follow after the Most High. May we be bold and have the courage to walk the same path.