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Get behind me Satan

Posted by appolus on March 28, 2015

peterMat 16:23 But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.

Wow, can there be stronger words from Jesus to one of His disciples? How would you like to hear Jesus say that to you? It would be terrible. What is the context of this rebuke from Jesus? Jesus had just shared with the disciples how their declaration of Him as Lord was the foundation of the church, how whatever they loosed on earth would be loosed in heaven and whatever they bound on earth shall be bound in heaven. He tells them that they have the keys to the Kingdom of God. Excellent stuff, all positive and empowering, much like they would have felt when they were sent out by twos and welcomed everywhere and they healed and cast out demons.

Now Jesus explains to them the full dimension and cost of following the Father’s will here on earth. He must go to Jerusalem and be rejected by all men and suffer at the hands of these men. He would be tortured and then hung on a tree. At this, Peter rebukes Jesus. Think of that saints, a mere disciple rebukes Jesus the holy Son of the ever Living God! Peter is immediately rebuked in the harshest of terms. His rejection of future suffering for Jesus and for himself is evident. Jesus then makes it plain that if any man wants to follow him he must be willing to lose his life for Christ’s sake. He must be willing and expect to take up his cross and suffer. It is the heads and tail of the same coin. One faith equals ruling and reigning with Christ, walking in the power of the Kingdom of God triumphing over hell and darkness and doing it all in the midst of being rejected by those of this world and suffering and dying at their hands.

Saints, what is your attitude to suffering? Do you deny it and say ” God forbid?” Do you tell yourself that old lie that Christ suffered so that you do not have too? Is your goal in life to live your best life now? Is prospering in this world your main concern? Do you in fact mind the things of men and not the things of God? Can you worship and serve a God that has called you to enter into His sufferings? Those who are willing to enter into His sufferings are those who will rule and reign with Christ. Those who are unwilling to suffer and would rebuke anyone who would teach otherwise are counted unworthy of the Kingdom. Jesus goes on to say in the same breath that if you decide to avoid the sufferings that come from following Him and simply live in a fashion that produces your best life now then “what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” True joy and life is found in following the Lord wherever that narrow path takes us, whether through deep valleys of suffering or the high roads of victory. It turns out that they are one and the same road.

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