2012-03-24 - The Journey to the Cross
As His death and resurrecton approached, Jesus tried to prepare His disciples.Three times in the Gospel of Mark Jesus told the Twelve that He would suffer and die. The first time that Jesus talked about His rejection, suffering, death, and resurrection was in Mark 8:31-9:1. The disciples, especially Peter, did not take the news well. In fact, "Peter took Jesus aside and began to rebuke Him." (Mark 8:32, NIV)
How did Jesus react to Peter's attempt to intervene in His divine mission? Jesus said, "Get behind me, Satan. You do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men." (Mark 8:33, NIV) Jesus would not allow His disciples to interfere with His journey to the Cross.
What is getting in the way of a closer relationship with our Savior? What interferes with our daily walk with Him? What do we need to do to follow Him more closely? Jesus said, "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me." (Mark 8:34, NIV)