27 Jesus and his disciples went on to the villages around Caesarea Philippi. On the way he asked them, “Who do people say I am?”
28 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.”
29 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Peter answered, “You are the Messiah.”
30 Jesus warned them not to tell anyone about him.
31 He then began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and after three days rise again. 32 He spoke plainly about this, and Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him.
33 But when Jesus turned and looked at his disciples, he rebuked Peter. “Get behind me, Satan!” he said. “You do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.”
I see Jesus showing His beloved disciple, the prophetic Peter, that information or revelation can never replace the ongoing Words and concerns of Christ. The gracious invitation beyond the Godly rebuke is for disciples to keep their heart hearing beyond what one has learned and to continually respond to Christ’s living Words and concerns.
Jesus is challenging me to move past knowledge learned or revelation received, to a Christ focus that is dynamic – not static. Each day this week, I will recalibrate my heart beyond my material concerns and toward eternal concerns. I will stop, speak to, and give something of substance to someone who is broke, broken, or begging – knowing people are eternally His concern.
Jesus, renew my heart, my concerns…this day and every day. Amen.
Terry Reilley, Pastor
Creekside Open Bible Church – Martinez