Then 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. He said all this quite openly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. But 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.” (Mark 8:31 – 33)

Awkward! [Initial reaction]

[Considered reaction] Our human tendency is to hold on to people who are near and dear to us. To deny that one day that person or people will be gone. We hold on to what is dear to us, and cling to the supportive people in our lives. Even more so if those people seem powerful and invincible. What we cannot sometimes see is what makes them so essential to our lives can be learned and emulated on our own. That is, we can develop the strength and traits that they have. Jesus picked out Peter (and the other disciples) because within them were qualities that would add to the ongoing mission of Jesus. Yes, even Judas. So what Peter was loathe to be parted from, were traits and characteristics that he himself could and would develop.

“He called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it. For what will it profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life? Indeed, what can they give in return for their life? Those who are ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of them the Son of Man will also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.” (Verses 34 – 38)

I am not sure what rebuke Peter made to Jesus. From what Jesus said in the verses that followed, we can safely surmise were earthly concerns. Perhaps Peter felt Jesus was too important for his life to be taken and forfeited.

I used to think I knew what I should do with my life; what type of education I should get and what goals I should pursue. My ideas changed several times over; at times I was not sure if I was doing the correct thing, making the best choices, and pursuing the correct goals. I can to believe over time, beloved reader, that where ever I was and what ever I was doing – I would live out the Christian values, motivations, and goals that Jesus exemplified. And that I would place all that I am and have in the Hands of the Divine. It turned out that all the goals and plans I had came together in a way I did not expect; but looking back I see why what happened had to happen. I can see, beloved reader, the Hands of the Divine directing the steps and stages in my life. The way it happened through the Lord God was a better way; and what I accomplished is attributed to the Divine, & achieved through the Divine.

May you, beloved reader, set your mind on divine things. And may the Holy Presence direct your life so that you are never made ashamed in the Eyes of the Lord God. Shalom & Selah!