law. He would be killed, but three days later he would rise from the dead. 32 As hetalked about this openly with his disciples, Peter took him aside and began toreprimand him for saying such things.
33 Jesus turned around and looked at his disciples, then reprimanded Peter. “Get away from me, Satan!” he said. “You are seeing things merely from a human point of view, not from God’s.”34 Then, calling the crowd to join his disciples, he said, “If any of you wants to bemy follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow me.35 If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake and for the sake of the Good News, you will save it. 36 And what do youbenefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul?
37 Is anything worthmore than your soul? 38 If anyone is ashamed of me and my message in theseadulterous and sinful days, the Son of Man will be ashamed of that person when hereturns in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”
I believe there is so much here that is relevant to us today. I believe this is a veryimportant message for us to consider again and again, because it is so easy to see thingsfrom “merely from a human point of view, not from God’s.”The Bible tells us that not long before this incident, Jesus asked his disciples who peoplesaid he was. People believed Jesus was a prophet and religious teacher. Jesus asked Hisdisciples, and Peter replied, “You are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one sent to savethe world.”Peter believed Jesus was Lord and Savior, but was still thinking from a human point of view. He rejected Jesus’ message about suffering and the cross. Remember, the cross wasthe most wretched and humiliating death possible. It is understandable that Peter wouldreject this. I believe the other disciples felt the same way, but were not as bold as Peter.But look at how Jesus answered Peter! He said, “Get away from me, Satan!” Peter wasnot Satan, but Satan was present. Satan was surely speaking into Peter’s mind,convincing him that Jesus didn’t need to suffer and die. Jesus loved Peter, but didn’t wanthim to listen to Satan.Later on, after Jesus died and was resurrected, the Bible says that Jesus had a heart toheart talk with Peter. Peter had denied knowing Jesus three times. Jesus basically toldPeter that all was forgiven, and asked Peter to prove his love by caring for the church.Then Jesus said to Peter:
I tell you the truth, when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where youwanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go." 19Jesus said this to indicatethe kind of death by which Peter would glorify God. Then he said to him, "Followme!"
Peter had become more humble. He realized what Jesus had been talking about, and alsorealized that he didn’t know what he himself had been saying. Eventually, Peter himself would follow Jesus and be crucified.