Jesus-His Mission

Jesus knew what He faced; He understood His mission. He also knew that it would be very hard on His disciples and He prepared them, as much as they could be prepared for such an experience. Mark recorded this incident in Mark 8:31-33: “And He began to teach them, that the Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders, and of the chief priests, and scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. And He spake that saying openly. And Peter took Him, and began to rebuke Him. But when He had turned about and looked on His disciples, He rebuked Peter, saying, Get thee behind Me, Satan: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but the things that be of men.” Peter, being his usual impulsive self, decided that Jesus must not allow this to happen. This earned Peter a very sharp and open rebuke. Satan was using Peter’s emotional outburst to tempt Jesus to fail to carry out His mission. Thankfully, Jesus wasn’t having any part of this deceitful attempt to divert Him from His mission. Peter, being on the receiving end of this rebuke, apparently learned that Jesus must complete His mission. This was one more step in Peter’s gradually becoming spiritually mature. Judson W. Van De Venter asks and answers the question: why did Jesus have to carry out His mission? He wrote:Nailed to the cross I can see Him just now, scorned and forsaken— the thorns on His brow; wounded and bleeding, to die from the blow—why did they treat my Lord so? “Father, forgive them,” I hear my Lord cry: “I must redeem them, for them I must die; down through the valley of death I must go.” Why did they treat my Lord so?” (From the hymn, “Jesus, the Master, Came Down.”). Selah! Only the death of Jesus on that cross, to pay the penalty for our sins, makes it possible for us to escape eternal banishment from God’s Presence and enable “whosoever will” to be with Him forever.   Ron

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