God’s Mission for Jesus

The devil works hard to distract us from truth, and there is no better example than Peter rebuking Jesus for wanting to carry on His Messianic mission. Jesus had just told His disciples that they were going to Jerusalem so that Jesus could fulfill His destiny by His death on the cross.Peter had a very skewed view as to his interpretation of Jesus being the Messiah. When Jesus very plainly asked Peter and all of His disciples the question, “Who do men say that I am,” they answered, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and still others say one of the prophets”.Then Jesus asked them, "But what about you? Who do you say that I am?” And of course, Peter answers, "You are the Messiah". Obviously, Peter’s understanding of the Messianic mission was different than Jesus’ when he rebuked Jesus and tried to stop Him from fulfilling His mission to go to Jerusalem. We often have our own interpretation as to what we believe is correct regarding biblical truth. Peter here is a good example.Jesus recites four difficult passages, and when we embrace them, they canchange our lives forever. “If anyone would come after Me, he must take up his cross and follow Me!”“Whoever wants to save his life will lose it!”“What profit is it for a man to gain the world and lose his soul!”And finally,“If we are ashamed of Him, He will be ashamed of us” (Mark 8:34-38).Will you follow Jesus to the cross? Will you embrace these hard sayings of Jesus? I trust we will all take a moment to embrace this truth at this special time, called the Lenten season, where we focus on prayer, fasting and walking the road to the cross, to meet our destination, Calvary!