What Jesus Did! 'Rebuke from Ignorance' — Mark 8:31-32

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Then Jesus began to teach his followers that the Son of Man must suffer many things. Jesus taught that the Son of Man would not be accepted by the older Jewish leaders, the leading priests, and the teachers of the law. Jesus taught that the Son of Man must be killed and then rise from death after three days. Jesus told them everything that would happen. He did not keep anything secret. Peter spoke to Jesus alone. Peter criticized Jesus for saying {those things}.
— Mark 8:31-32 NLT
Illustration of Mark 8:31-32 NLT —  Jesus taught that the Son of Man must be killed and then rise from death after three days.

Key Thought

So often, we as human beings want to decide what kind of Lord we have. Peter had his own conceptions of what it meant for Jesus to be Messiah. For him, God's Messiah wouldn't go to a cross. Such an idea was an outrage. It was impossible. So Peter rebukes Jesus out of his own bias and ignorance. Rather than letting Jesus define his own Messiahship, Peter wanted Jesus to conform to what he wanted from him rather than allowing Jesus to follow God's plan. How have you tried to tell Jesus what it means for him to be your Lord, Savior, and Messiah? What are your expectations of Jesus? Are these expectations getting in the way of following and obeying Jesus as your Lord?

Today's Prayer

God, I confess that I find myself selfishly wanting to determine what it means for Jesus to be my Messiah, Savior, and Lord. Rather than following obediently, I want to be blessed and protected rather than facing my own cross. Father, please forgive me and use your Spirit to conform me into a true follower of your Son. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • 8:34-38
  • Luke 14:25-33
  • John 21:15-19


About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.