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In Matthew 16 Jesus tells Peter that his name is now changed to, The Rock. He even tells him he “heard from heaven” when he recognized Jesus as the Son of God. That’s awesome! Then Jesus tells Peter and all the others about the suffering and the persecution that He was about to face. He even told them it would cost Him His life but He would also be raised from the dead. Well, Peter, who was known to “speak before thinking” pretty much “reprimanded” Jesus by telling Him, “Heaven forbid, Lord! This must never happen to you!” (Matt. 16:22) Here was the reply of Jesus to Peter after that statement…..“Get behind Me, Satan! You are in My way [an offense and a hindrance and a snare to Me]; for you are minding what partakes not of the nature and quality of God, but of men.” (Matt. 16:23 AMP) Wow! I would have started crying right then and there. Why was Jesus soooooooooooooo harsh with these words to Peter?
Jesus was self-less. Not self-ish, but self-less. In other words, Jesus cared more about doing the will of His Father than He did His own will. OK, but why the harsh words? Jesus KNEW He was about to turn everything over to His disciples. THEY were going to “run-the-business” after He returned to heaven. When Peter made that statement it was a statement from MAN’S PERSPECTIVE and not GOD’S PERSPECTIVE. Jesus knew this would be a terrible terrible problem if the disciples began making decisions and doing what their EMOTIONS and their FEELINGS dictated. In fact, because Jesus now works THROUGH us, He knew (hold on for this) that we would actually be IN THE WAY or A HINDRANCE to the fulfillment of His will on the earth. When we are carnal in our thinking, only considering what is beneficial and comfortable to us, we restrict what Jesus can do THROUGH us. If we are operating in the natural it will hinder Him from working through us in the SUPER-natural. Are you getting this?
Jesus wants to work through us in ways beyond our imagination. He needs our cooperation though. He needs us to start THINKING like Him. That’s why we have the MIND of CHRIST. We just need to get close to Him and stay close. Listen, watch, learn, and live with the example Jesus gave us through His life. Dive into Him through prayer and His Word and allow Him to move YOU (and me) out of the way. THEN, it will get mighty exciting as we see HIM IN US while He reaches out to others THROUGH US. Amen!
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