De-Leavening Doughy Disciples: Matthew 16
Jesus is worried about the disciples. Their faith is fragile; their basic interests are working against their best interest. Their relationship with the teachings of the Pharisees is not helping. Jesus wants them, and us, to know that if we have Jesus--if we have The Son of the Living God--we're all set. No desires or anxieties need drive us into faithless self-help.