Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. “Never, Lord!” he said. “This shall never happen to you!”
Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.”
Matthew 16: 22 – 23
Remember Peter love Jesus. He had spent 3 years travelling around with him, seen all the miracles and even walked on water (though he did sink after a bit!). Jesus held Peter’s hopes of the Messiah. It’s quite natural that when speaking of his own death Peter recoils from that. How could this man die after everything I have seen and done? I won’t allow it.
This text clearly demonstrates that God was working to a plan way beyond human considerations. Peter’s passion in protecting Jesus was not misguided, Peter just didn’t fully realise what God was up to. You or I may well have done the same! Jesus who does know what God is up to will not be dissuaded. He came here for a reason which he is going to fulfil, even at great cost to himself.
Have you ever considered what it meant for Jesus to go through his life knowing crucifixion was coming? Have you ever thought how could he do that? Perhaps one of the reasons is because he knew what God was up to. His own personal sufferings were secondary to the benefit of saving mankind through his sacrifice.
Pray: Father you know I like a quiet life. You know I like it much more when life is easier and gentle. I know sometimes life is not like that. You have called me toa higher purpose of serving you, living my life for you and bringing your good news to the world. Help me not to shy away for that just to settle for an easy life.
Act: Consider why God brought you here?