Day 22 of 40 (Mark 8:31-37)
Welcome to 40 days with Christ day 22. Let’s start with a word of Prayer.
Dear Father in heaven, please help us not to view things from an earthly perspective. Rather, please help us to see things the way You would have us to see them. We ask this in Jesus name,Amen.
Our reading today in Mark chapter 8 verses 31 through 37.
31 Jesus then began to teach his disciples. He taught them that the Son of Man must suffer many things. He taught them that the elders would not accept him. The chief priests and the teachers of the law would not accept him either. He must be killed and after three days rise again. 32 He spoke clearly about this. Peter took Jesus to one side and began to scold him.
33 Jesus turned and looked at his disciples. He scolded Peter. “Get behind me, Satan!” he said. “You are not thinking about the things God cares about. Instead, you are thinking only about the things humans care about.”
You Must Pick Up Your Cross
34 Jesus called the crowd to him along with his disciples. He said, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must say no to themselves. They must pick up their cross and follow me. 35 Whoever wants to save their life will lose it. But whoever loses their life for me and for the good news will save it. 36 What good is it if someone gains the whole world but loses their soul? 37 Or what can anyone trade for their soul?
Peter must have been riding mighty high. He had just been commended. He hadbeen told that his insight into Jesus being the Christhad not been inspired by man, but by God himself. And so perhaps he thought emboldenedto pull Jesus asideafter Jesus started teaching that he would have to suffer, that the teachers of the lawwould not accept him and that Jesus must be killed and after 3 days rise again… That did not at all fit Peters idea of what was supposed to happen when the Christ came to Israel. And so scripture tells us that he took Jesus to one side and began to scold him. To scoldJesus?!
“Jesus, we can’t have you suffering and dying and all that. You’re the Christ after all!”
Jesus told Peter “Get behind me Satan, you’re not thinking about the things of God. Instead you’re thinking about human things.”
From divine inspiration to Satan’s mouthpiece in the same chapter. We’re all a lot like Peteras strange as it may seem even in God’s Church even in the very presence of Jesus. Its easier than we might think for us to get our focus pulled away into thinking about things from a worldly point of view rather than from Jesus’seternal and spiritual point of view.
Jesus, Please help us to say ‘no’to ourselves. Help us to pick up the cross you have laid beforeus and to to align ourselves with your eternal point of view.Please help us to stay on track with your help. It’s in your holy name we pray, Amen!