The words of Jesus to Peter here came soon after Peter’s faith-filled profession when he said to Jesus, “You are the Messiah” (Matt. 16:16). Jesus was now teaching his disciples that he had come to suffer, be killed, and rise again. He would offer himself as a sacrifice for the sins of the world.
The Bible says hearing that, Peter rebuked Jesus, saying, “Never, Lord! . . . This shall never happen to you!” So, Jesus called Peter out and revealed that he had missed the main point of Jesus’ mission. From a human standpoint, we can sympathize with Peter. We too would likely be shocked to hear that Jesus had come to suffer and die to rise again and give us new, abundant life.
Today though, we know how important it is to discern truth from lies, listening for God’s Word rather than to the lies of false religions and teachers around us don’t we? It should be clear to us that preparing ourselves to discern properly requires effort and perseverance. Until Jesus returns to make all things new, we must read the Bible and listen to Jesus, who died because he loved us, rose from the dead, and ascended to heaven to make abundant life available for all who believe in him. Trust the truth, the way, and the life.
Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan!” . . . You do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.” Matthew 16:23
Christ, my risen and ascended Lord, I believe you are the Messiah. Father, I confess that my actions and words do not always confirm that. Please, Lord, give me the strength and courage to stand up for you always. God, I give you permission to rebuke the devil in my life, in Jesus’s name, Amen.
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