"No Not Me"
Peter did a bad thing he rebuked Jesus. Anyone who rebukes the
son of man has big time pride issues.
Peter's big problem with pride, so full of himself it's not
funny - He really thought he had a much better idea than Jesus had.
Jesus had just said he was going to Jerusalem to be killed and to be raised
from the dead. Peter's answers to what Jesus said, " Oh, no Jesus, you must
not go. No that is not the thing to do." How did Jesus respond to Peter's
In verse 23 " Get behind me satan You are in my way an
offense and a hindrance and a snare to me."
Jesus had told Peter that Satan was going to try to sift him like grain and
that Peter would deny his "Lord" three times, Jesus told Peter He had
prayed for him that his faith would not fail. (Luke 22:31-34)
Peter did not believe that. He did not say, "Okay thank you
Jesus, Please pray for me." He essentially said, "Oh I would never deny
you, No not me".
When we usually say I will never do this or that we always find ourselves doing
it. When Jesus was being accused, Peter was the only disciple which was
recognized as having been with Jesus. The others present, but the spotlight
wasn't on them it was on Peter. Peter continued to deny our Jesus this Lord and
he started cursing to prove that he didn't know Jesus. (Matthew 26:
God arranged for Peter to be recognized because Peter needed to be humbled. God
had a plan for Peter for his life.
Peter loved Jesus, he just was still so full of himself. He argued with Jesus
on these times.
Don't think Peter did it maliciously, but when it happens when
someone's spirit had pride, the spirit of pride.
They always think they know everything more than anyone else, and will always
argue attempting to prove they are right, when they aren't or they want to
Jesus knew Peter was useable material, but Peter needed work. He was like a
diamond in the rough. He needed polishing, he needed time on the Potter's
wheel, he was blind to think his own faults and weakness, was okay. He was so
blind to his won faults.
We all usually are blind to our faults and we have to admit them and work with
them by asking Jesus to help us. Jesus had to teach him a lesson and he did.
Peter ended up very weak, repentant, very submissive after his humbling
God has a plan for our life and he will deal with every bad attitude and
character flaw in you in order to prepare you to fulfill and enjoy the great
purpose He has for your life - As he did Peter.
When another Christian or other person wrongs or offends you, what do you
normally do? Be a tattle tale and tell other about it? Or you let the anger
build up inside?
Jesus, teaches us how to properly handle things like this in our life, by
bringing correction and reconciliation.
Next time someone wrongs you offends us by another believer be sure to go to
that person first and ask God to help you say what you need to say.