Matthew 16:24-28 Two Comings And A Bearing Of Crosses.
Jesus knew what taking up his cross would entail. He also knew what it would mean for some of those standing before him, and martyrs down through the centuries (v. 24 Cf. II Tim. 3:12; I Pet. 2:21). Some would follow him to the point of death for their faith. It would be a mistake to view any challenge in life as a cross to bear. The context makes it clear – there is a challenge to save one’s life if one will refuse to bear witness to Jesus as the Christ. Nevertheless, those who lose their lives for Jesus, are assured that eternal life is theirs (v. 25 Cf. Jn. 12:25). Even if one could receive all that life has to offer, it can’t compare to the loss of one’s soul (v. 26 Cf. Lk. 12:20-21). All this points to the surety of a final judgement, when Jesus as “the Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and then He will reward each according to his works” (v. 27).
However, in the immediate future Jesus as the Son of Man will come in His Kingdom (v. 28). The title ‘Son of Man’ is a clear reference to Daniel, in particular 7:9ff., where the Son of Man begins his reign as he approaches the Ancient of days and the throne in heaven, which would take place at Jesus’ ascension. This is also the time when Daniel 9:24ff. will also be fulfilled. It would be a huge mistake to believe that these verses refer to the same event. There is no mention of the Father or the angels here, showing that v. 28 refers to something that is different than v. 27, that some standing before him would “see” this event. In point of fact, the ascension would be proof of the truth of the judgement to come. With the anointing of the Most Holy, there would be, among other things “an end of sins” and a sealing up of “vision and prophecy” (Dan. 9:24).