Sunday: August 30, 2020
Reference: Matthew 16:21-27
Matthew 16:22-23 Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. “Never, Lord!” he said. “This shall never happen to you!” Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.”
‘That was not my intention’- often when people speak these words, it is the truth. Nonetheless, it is very easy to misunderstand a situation and draw conclusions significantly different from what might be intended. When Jesus was talking about his imminent death, Peter pulled him aside and rebuked him “That will never happen to you”. To his surprise, the rebuke was reciprocated and Jesus turned to him with the words: “Get behind me satan!”
If I was Peter, I wouldn’t be happy if my intentions were interpreted as directed by the devil. Yet, that was the situation he found himself in although his intentions were good and purposeful: to preserve the life of Jesus. However that intention also had another implication, ‘to keep the cross and Jesus apart’. Therefore, that good intention was directly antagonistic to the will of God.
This indeed does sound like a difficult take, but that is how easy even good intentions can push us out of the perfect will of God for our lives. Jesus had to reach the cross because it is the reason for our faith, our victory, our salvation and our guarantee for life eternal. Without that meeting, our lives as we have it, or the world as we know it; will most certainly be very different. Yet, all these would never have seen the light of day because of “a good intention”. Let’s be careful.