Unlimited: Get Behind Me Satan!
Jan 5, 2021 729
He then began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and after three days rise again. He spoke plainly about this, and Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him.
But when Jesus turned and looked at his disciples, he rebuked Peter. “Get behind me, Satan!” he said. “You do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns” (Mark 8:31–33, NIV).
Peter was on a high. When Jesus asked the disciples who they thought he was, he’d nailed it! He said that Jesus was the Messiah.
But as Proverbs says, “pride goes before a fall.”
When Jesus announced that he was going to Jerusalem and that he would be killed, the disciples were devastated. Peter was usually the one who said what everyone else was thinking.
So, it’s Peter who took Jesus aside and started arguing with him against going to Jerusalem.
Peter never expected the way that Jesus reacted. He called Peter “Satan,” because he was doing Satan’s work. And He told Peter that he was following a worldly agenda, and not the agenda of heaven.
Peter was an interesting character. He always seemed to be in Jesus’ way. That’s why Jesus had to tell him to get out of his way.
It’s not that he doesn’t like Jesus; it’s more that he thinks that he knows best.
– Eliezer Gonzalez
Eli’s Reflection: You probably like Jesus. But are you willing to accept Jesus’ way, or are you actually in Jesus’ way in terms of his plans for your life? Especially because those plans may involve the Cross. I’m just wondering: Are you a Peter? Where are you pushing for your own agenda over God’s will? Tell Jesus about it.