Matthew 16:21–23 (ESV)
Jesus Foretells His Death and Resurrection
21 From that time Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised. 22 And
Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, saying, “Far be it from you, Lord! This shall never happen to you.” 23 But he turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance to me. For you
are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.”
Jesus is now focused on going to Jerusalem to carry out God’s plan of salvation.
He accurately predicts what is going to happen to him. This was fulfilled on the cross. Peter steps in to tell Jesus that this plan will never happen. He loves Jesus and even takes Jesus aside to give him advice. “Far be it from
you, Lord! This shall never happen to you.” Peter has good intentions, but he doesn’t see the big picture of God’s plan of salvation. Jesus, thankfully, is not going to let Peter get in the way of the cross.
I pray: O Lord, help me to not get in your way. Help me to share your plan of salvation with those around me. Amen.