Peter, unhappily, had not yet quite learned the lesson that his Master’s actions and teachings were not to be questioned, only received and submitted to.  When Jesus began to describe to the disciples His coming sufferings, death, and resurrection, Peter indignantly rebuked his Master, and protested that such a thing could not happen to Him.  In this that bold disciple manifested too much boldness, for he should have known better than to challenge and reprove the One he had already confessed to be the Son of God.  We can sympathize with Peter on the account that he was motivated by love to the Lord, but it was a misplaced zeal that he showed, which did not take into account either the prophecies of sacred Scripture nor the flawlessness of Christ’s nature.  This rebuke shows that Peter thought his Lord capable of error or misunderstanding, something he should long ago have learned was impossible.  And yet, who are we to sneer at Peter?  Do not all too many Christians even in our day, when overwhelmed by severe providences, murmur at the God Who sent them?  We are no better than Peter in this case when we even dare to think hard thoughts against our sovereign and gracious Lord.

Very severe was the rebuke by Jesus to His misled disciple.  Though Peter doubtless, in his own mind, meant well, the Lord Jesus knew that the notion came from Satan.  Though it could not but have appealed to the Lord’s human sympathies to witness such strong personal affection for Him, yet the purposes of God always were uppermost in His mind.  Nothing could be allowed to deter Him from treading the predestinated path all the way to the cross.  Peter was thinking, not according to the purposes and wisdom of God, but according to the sympathies and opinions of men.  As yet, Peter had not learned from the prophets what Messiah must do to accomplish the redemption of His people.  When He did learn those difficult lessons, there was never a man bolder to proclaim the glories of His crucified and risen Lord.

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