Revealing God’s Plan

Today let’s analyze what following is not. (16:21-28) Jesus is pretty clear about what His call means. Now that Jesus has verified who He is, and taught a great deal on living, now He turns towards Calvary. Matthew 16:20~Then he strictly charged the disciples to tell no one that he was the Christ. (ESV) As the disciples begin to realize who Jesus truly is, He says boys listen up, then explains how He’s bound for Jerusalem to suffer, be killed, and on the third day be raised. Matthew 16:21~From that time Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised. (ESV) There’s the shift. This time from the prophet preaching to the Lamb in our stead. 

However, the disciples still think Messiah is a political reformer who will defeat Rome and re-establish the kingdom of Israel. So, Pete takes Christ Jesus aside and rebukes Him. (Matthew 16:22) Have you ever tried to rebuke the Lord? I bet it didn’t go very well, never does. C.S. Lewis~Pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our consciences, but shouts in our pains. It is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world. 

Jesus responds to Pete in Matthew 16:23~Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance to me. For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man. (ESV) No, Pete hasn’t gone from saint to Satan in the matter of a few verses. Christ Jesus calls Pete Satan because he is trying to circumvent God’s plan of salvation. It’s vital we grasp this. God has one plan of salvation, it is Jesus Christ crucified in our stead and we must confess Jesus Christ is Lord and believe God raised Him, else we’re to using Satan’s strategy. Some of us need to move out of the way in our kid’s lives, our spouse’s life, or a friend’s life. God has a plan for each and we must fall in line. 

Pastor how can you be so sure. Because Pete later unpacks this for us in 2 Peter 3:9~The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead, he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. (NIV) God has a plan for your life, and one of the best things about 21-Days is moving out of God’s way, find ourselves broken and empty, ready to be filled and fueled by His amazing grace. Christ Jesus says insert your name here ___ don’t be an offense Pete, don’t be a hindrance, go with God, be the rock He has purposed. 

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