It had become time for the disciples to understand what was to come. Jesus, as gently as possible, began to explain to these men what He was about to face, and what they were about to face. Peter, Jesus loyal friend, just could not grasp the thought of Jesus being gone. He pulled Jesus aside to set him straight. After all, hadn’t he just rightly announced that Jesus was the Messiah. Jesus wasn’t thinking things through–was He?
Jesus knew it would be hard, but He got in Peter’s face–Your thinking of human things–not Godly things. You Are Not Helping…what’s more, If you are going to keep following Me, you have to deny yourself, take up your cross (be willing to die a difficult death) and follow me. In other words, Peter and the boys had to come to grips with the fact that the party was over. It was time to change the world.
Knowing Jesus was never an invitation to an easy life. It wasn’t for the apostles, and it isn’t for us. We must keep in mind, ours is a life of sacrifice. Our wills have to take a back seat to God’s plan. We have to yield our desires to His lordship. The command to the group that they must daily deny themselves and daily follow Him–Still holds true today. We may not be under persecution, but we are under the leadership and lordship of our Heavenly Father. We cannot fear what is ahead, but, like Peter, we must face the truth–following the Lord is not a party, it is a calling that is subject to self denial, suffering and maybe even death.
God Bless You
From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.
22 Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. “Never, Lord!” he said. “This shall never happen to you!”
23 Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.”
24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 25 For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it. 26 What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? 27 For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father’s glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what they have done.