Stories, thoughts and reflections on the Bible from the WSFC Staff.
Imagine Being Simon Peter
You can’t blame Peter. I probably would have done the same thing if given the opportunity. His close friend and spiritual leader is talking nonsense about having to die and rise again after three days – foolish thinking!
So it was natural for Peter to pull Jesus aside and try to reason with him. Scripture says that Peter “rebuked” Jesus. That word has come to mean “setting an individual on course or setting straight.” Peter was trying to get Jesus to get his story right. It’s at this junction that Jesus gives his famous rebuke to Peter: “Get behind me Satan!”
I don’t feel that Jesus was specifically calling Peter the devil. He was generally addressing the devilish line of thinking that was being displayed in the disciples including Peter. Peter was thinking rationally. Peter was thinking humanly. Peter, however, was not thinking spiritually! He didn’t have the mind of Christ, instead he was thinking out of the reserves of his humanity.
Colossians 3:1 tells us to “set our hearts on things above…set your minds on things above not on earthly things.” Romans 12 exhorts us to “be transformed by the renewing of our minds.” Sounds like Peter needed a renewal of his heart and mind! Don’t we all?