From then on Jesus began to tell his disciples plainly that it was necessary for him to go to Jerusalem, and that he would suffer many terrible things at the hands of the elders, the leading priests, and the teachers of religious law. He would be killed, but on the third day he would be raised from the dead.
22But Peter took him aside and began to reprimand him for saying such things. “Heaven forbid, Lord,” he said. “This will never happen to you!”
Jesus turned to Peter and said, “Get away from me, gSatan! You are a hdangerous trap to me. You are seeing things merely from a human point of view, not from God’s.”
Peter went from being a rock, to a trap in just a few verses. Why was Jesus so harsh and what was going on?
Jesus was trying to warn his disciples that the road ahead was harsh. Jesus knew what was comingg..he had rad about himself in the Old Testament. Jesus had accepted his future, but his disciples had not. They still expected kingship and victory, not suffering and death. Peter was not ready to abandon of his dreams for Jesus just because Jesus had abandoned them. Peter was not ready to see things from God’s point of view.
Are we willing to let go of our dreams for ourselves, our family, our friends or even our children so God can accomplish his work? It is very hard, but if we don’t do just that, we become a Satan. God’s view is so different than ours and his ways so unsearchable. He thrives on turning death into life, sin into humility, condemnation into salvation.
This very personal to me. I have two sons who claim to be atheist. I love them dearly and it crushes me…almost. But I must say that God has used that to make me investigate my faith and recommit my life to him. Their boldness about atheism has made me bolder about my faith in Jesus. I hope and pray that God will bring them home some day, but whatever his plan, I must accept it. From God’s point of view, their atheism may be a springboard to bring others to faith. In my eyes it is the worst tragedy imaginable, but that may be merely a human point of view.
Lord, give me the faith to follow You to Your cross, or my cross, or wherever You lead me. Help me to abandon my human way of looking at things. Help me to see trials and suffering as You do and walk toward them as You did. Beginner’s Online Bible Study *obbs*
When has God surprised you by his point of view? When has he chosen to bless you through a trial or tragedy?