Get Behind Me Satan
Clarity is one of great attributes of our Lord when He gave instructions on how to be a good disciple. As I mentioned last weekend, there is a temptation to misinterpret or adapt the words of Jesus – to what we think He SHOULD have said.
Today, Peter fell into that temptation when he didn’t like what Jesus had said about self-denial – suffering and His death. Peter, and most of us, would prefer a more self-indulgent approach to life.
Last week Peter was absolutely clear who Jesus was: “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” But Peter finds it hard to reconcile his understanding of who Jesus is – with self-denial and suffering. And we too can at times fall into the same trap.
Who wouldn’t prefer a cozy & easy type of Christianity? Yet, Jesus tells each one of us that if we want to be His follower we need to accept at times a certain amount of self-denial & suffering in our life when necessary to remain faithful to Jesus and His teachings.