What Jesus Did! 'Rebuked!' — Mark 8:31-33

Friday, May 27, 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}. But Jesus turned and looked at his followers. Then he criticized Peter. Jesus said to Peter, "Go away from me, Satan! You don't care about the things of God. You care only about things that people think are important."
— Mark 8:31-33 NLT
Illustration of Mark 8:31-33 NLT — "Go away from me, Satan! You don't care about the things of God. You care only about things that people think are important."

Key Thought

Peter tried to rebuke Jesus. Jesus then shows how important this matter is to him. He calls Peter Satan. Ouch! What a stern rebuke! However, the orientation of Scripture is clear: without the grace that comes from Jesus' sacrificial death, men and women are under the influence and control of Satan. The majority rule of humanity is not going to be the will of God. The will of the Lord will always be a "minority opinion" even though it is God's truth and God's standard! We must open our eyes and ask the Lord to open our hearts to know his truth, his will, and his way.

Today's Prayer

Teach me, O God, to know your truth. Open my heart to follow your will. Don't let Satan blind me to your way, your truth, and your light. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Ephesians 2:1-3
  • John 14:28-31
  • Ephesians 6:10-12

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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.

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