Just when things seemed to be going well, Jesus begins to teach his disciples about the end of his presence among them. Peter’s reaction and Jesus’ rebuke are documented by Matthew and Mark. The business of Christ is serious, not for the faint of heart.
Matthew 16:21-26, Mark 8:31-37, Luke 9:22-25
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The story of the life of Jesus takes a serious turn at this point. Yes, the preaching, teaching, miracles and journey continues, but now Jesus reveals what must happen in order for his mission on earth to be complete. He must suffer, incur complete rejection and die an excruciating death. The part about the resurrection is probably not heard or understood as much as the suffering since this would be something they’d never seen before.
Peter speaks out, “Never, Lord!” he said. “This shall never happen to you!” Jesus’ response was stern, even severe:
Merely human concerns. This seems to be my problem all the time, I keep getting my priorities mixed up, concerning myself with little things when the world is falling apart.
I like to play and sing the song Devotion from Hillsong United because the bridge repeats, “I will take up my cross and follow Lord where you lead me.” This is required of those who want to be disciples — isn’t this what we must do?
This is not about church membership, this is about a life-changing decision. This is serious business. Our society doesn’t want to hear about this primarily because it is not self-centered and doesn’t teach the individual above all others.
Lord help me to take up my cross and follow you wherever you lead — your will above my own. Teach me to hear your voice and lead others along this narrow road.