Jesus the rock star was now Jesus the loving leader. It would have been easy to simply leave the hard stuff out. People really enjoyed the free meals and the miracles. The teaching was awesome, and the way he continued to make fools of the religious leaders was a sight to behold. But—that simply was not the purpose for the visit. Jesus came to restore the relationship destroyed by man’s sin and sinful nature. That was a singular act of sacrifice. This was the tipping point and probably the hardest time for Jesus—That is why the statement to Peter was so poignant—While directed at this lovable fisherman, Jesus was calling out from anguish—Satan actually did not mind rock star Jesus as much as he minded this leader that was about to change the world.
Today’s church struggles similarly—Technology makes worship quite a show. The internet has made multimedia messages power packed with active animation, film clips and meaningful video to accentuate the heartfelt message delivered from the stage. The show is great, the crowds large the message delivered worldwide. But—it is so tempting to leave out the hard stuff. There is so much need for messages of hope and promise that we hesitate to dwell for any period on holiness, stewardship and selflessness. We would not want to drive away seekers. Sadly, that is not the purpose for the journey. Jesus said it best”, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it.”
We are here to live like we are simply passing through—the meaningful parts are 1. the legacy we leave behind and 2. the people we bring along’.
Help me, Lord to live like I am a real disciple!
God Bless You
21 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[f] 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.
28 “Truly I tell you, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.”