Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Read : Mark 8:27-38
Thoughts from: Steve Haas
Wow. It was pretty gutsy for Peter to take Jesus, God, the Creator of the Universe “aside and begin to reprimand him for saying such things” about His death and resurrection on the cross. Satan, Peter and the disciples did not want Jesus to go to the cross and die. Satan’s motives were pure evil and selfish while Peter and the disciples were mostly motivated out of love and admiration for Jesus their teacher, savior, and friend.
However, regardless of their individual reasons, Jesus knew that the cross and resurrection was a necessity to save us from our sins and the purpose for His limited time on earth. Peter wanted Christ to be a triumphant king not a suffering servant. However, Jesus wanted Peter to see things from God’s point of view, not from a human perspective.
How often in my own life do I only think about what is best for me and forget that Christ is Lord over all creation and has His perfect plan for my life. Are we willing to make the pursuit of God and His kingdom more important than our selfish pursuits? Would Jesus say to us “Get away from me, Satan” like he did to Peter when He looks at the desires and motives of our own hearts?
Heavenly Father thank you for choosing to suffer and die on the cross for my sins. Jesus, forgive me for my selfishness and my limited perspective on me and my life here on earth. Help me to see things from your (God’s) point of view in my life. Amen.