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.”
How well do you think you can predict
how you will die… and where? Unless you are arranging it, paying for it, or planning your own suicide… it is next to impossible. If it is not suicide, then you have to control other people’s actions which are not always predictable.
Yet Jesus predicts that he will die… and even more… that he will rise again on the third day. Here we are 2,000 years later and with modern medicine… we still cannot raise a dead body back to life after even 1 day. Peter hears Jesus
prediction and doesn’t like it. The Concordia Study Bible states “Peter genuinely thinks he is helping Jesus when he tries to talk Him out of suffering and death. At times, we also fail to understand God’s ways, thinking we know better.
Jesus knows that He has to take up the cross for our salvation. Peter will learn that truth later, a truth that continues to give us comfort and peace.”
I pray: Lord, thank You for being willing to
suffer and die that I might be forgiven. Lead me to speak Your Word aright. Amen.