31Then he began to teach them that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. 32He said all this quite openly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. 33But turning and looking at his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan! For you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.”
Reflect and Pray:
Peter was clearly worked up at Jesus’ talk of death; if Jesus was the Messiah, good things should be happening, not bad ones. In fact, this passage indicates that it’s may be sinking into Peter not only who Jesus is but also what it could cost to follow him.
Peter has his glimpse of what is going to be required in true discipleship. That is probably what is behind his rebuke of Jesus in verse 32. He takes a good common sense approach to what he wants Jesus to be, but it is still a human perspective. Thing is, Jesus sees and understands things differently. Today, think about the possibility that how you and I see things may not be how God sees things.