|Posted by Pastor Maurice Johnson on March 24, 2016 at 12:30 AM|
From that time Jesus began telling his followers that he must go to Jerusalem. He explained that the older Jewish leaders, the leading priests, and the teachers of the law would make him suffer many things. And he told his followers that he must be killed. Then, on the third day, he would be raised from death. Peter took Jesus away from the other followers to talk to him alone. He began to criticize him. He said, ???God save you from those sufferings, Lord! That will never happen to you!??? Then Jesus said to Peter, ???Get away from me, Satan ! You are not helping me! You don???t care about the same things God does. You care only about things that people think are important.??? Then Jesus said to his followers, ???If any of you want to be my follower, you must stop thinking about yourself and what you want. You must be willing to carry the cross that is given to you for following me. Any of you who try to save the life you have will lose it. But you who give up your life for me will find true life. Matthew 16:21-25 ERV How many times have we prayed to the Lord and presented our petitions to Him only to somehow have them rejected or answered in a manner that we did not expect? In the passage above Jesus begins to unveil the purpose of His coming to His disciples and the plan was not something they thought they would hear. Christ began to speak of the pursecution He would subject Himself to on this the week of passion. Peter makes several errors like many of us believe that somehow we know what is best. First, he pulls Christ aside to correct Him, "This will never happen to you," was a frail attempt on Peter's behalf to correct the message of Christ. Second, it was a misguided criticism and third it was Peter's violation of Christ's authority. We tend to think we know what is best, but we do not, in fact to declare He is Lord is to say that He is God. He rules, we are governed, He commands, we respond, He know all and our knowledge is nominal at best. Every Christian must strive for and reach a place where we acknowledge the best plan for my life is the Lord's plan for my life. As difficult as it seems the best way to experience one's full potential is to relinquish control to the designer. The design for which we have been made is found in the hands of God. Peter or the spirit operating in Peter is rebuked because it tries to change the purpose of God to redeem God's elect. Even when we do not understand the plan or purpose of God we must leave the the driving to the Lord. He is my pilot not my copilot, I lack the knowledge, authority and power to accomplish what He and He alone can.