21 From that time on, Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer greatly from the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed and on the third day be raised.
22 Then Peter took Jesus aside and began to rebuke him, “God forbid, Lord! No such thing shall ever happen to you.”
23 He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are an obstacle to me. You are thinking not as God does, but as human beings do.”Matthew 16:13-23
Today’s Bible Quote of the Day Reflections
On 6th August we celebrated the feast of The Transfiguration of our Lord Jesus Christ on the high mountain. The transfiguration was preceeded by several events where Jesus started seeing that the faith of His disciples had started to dwindle. One of the events that made the disciples to have doubts if Jesus was the Messiah they had been waiting for was this one we are going to ponder today.
Jesus had gone to the region of Caesarea Philippi and he asked his disciples who do people say He was. They gave Him the answer and when He asked them who do they think He is, Simon Peter said “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Upon saying this Jesus bestowed on Him the mantle to lead the Church.
Immediately after giving Peter the Keys to Heaven, He started saying that He will be persecuted and Killed by elders and scribes. This was a shoker to the disciples because, in their human thinking, they thought that the Messiah could not be killed or even die. They knew that Jesus had all the powers on earth to avoid that death. So when Jesus said that He must die then they started having the doubts about Jesus being the real Messiah. Their faith in Jesus started dwindling.
When Jesus, Peter, James and John descended from the mountain, they met the other disciples trying to drive out a demon out of a boy, but they were unable. Jesus told them that they were unable to drive it out because their faith in Him had started to fade.
So, what is the main point of this long account of the immediate context of the transfiguration of Jesus? This is the point! At this point in time, Jesus had already done almost three years of His 31⁄2 years public ministry. Now Jesus was preparing for His passion, death and resurrection, events that had to (must) happen. Events that had been prophesied before by the prophets. Events that would culminate in our salvation. Then here was Peter trying to tell Jesus that He would never let happen, what has already been planned in Heaven. Jesus got upset and told him to get behind Him, Satan because what He was saying was not in tandem with what was already planned in Heaven.
This dwindling of faith especially by Peter had to be restored during The Transfiguration especially when the voice of God came from the cloud and said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.” The trio became witnesses of Jesus in His Heavenly manifestation.
Let us therefore have an unwavering faith in Jesus because we are lucky to know that He is indeed the messiah who came to save us from our sins.
Prayer: Lord Jesus Christ, we believe that You are our Lord and Saviour. We pray that You rekindle our faith and trust in You so that we may continue with the work that You have commanded us to do. Amen.