A Misunderstood Messiah

27Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi; and on the way he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” 28And they answered him, “John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.” 29He asked them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered him, “You are the Messiah.” 30And he sternly ordered them not to tell anyone about him. 31Then he began to teach them that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. 32He said all this quite openly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. 33But turning and looking at his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan! For you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.” 34He called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 35For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it. 36For what will it profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life? 37Indeed, what can they give in return for their life? 38Those who are ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of them the Son of Man will also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.” (Mark 8:27-38, NRSV)

Have you ever thought God’s plan was not the way it should go? Peter told Jesus that it wasn’t going to happen the way Jesus was telling them it was going to happen.

So Jesus told Peter to get behind him. Which is interesting, because Jesus actually told all of the disciples to get behind him. You see the words here in the Greek are the same words Jesus used when He called the disciples to come and follow Him. οπισο μου. Get behind me. You see Peter forgot his proper place. When Jesus calls us to follow it is about us following, not leading, or walking alongside, but letting Jesus show us the way.

So get behind Jesus and follow where He is leading.

Published by asacredrebel

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