Revelation of the Way of the Cross!!!
From that time Jesus began to show to His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised the third day. Then Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying, “Far be it from You, Lord; this shall not happen to You!” But He turned and said to Peter,“Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.”
Then Jesus said to His disciples,“If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? For the Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and then He will reward each according to his works. “Assuredly, I say to you, there are some standing here who shall not taste death till they see the Son of Man coming in His kingdom.”…….. Matthew 16:21-28
In our previous Study, we see Peter getting Revelation of who Jesus really is from the Father and for the First time, Jesus spoke about the Church and the authority of the Church over the powers of Hades. Here we read of the strong rebuke that the Lord gave Peter and the Way of the Cross. Let us therefore open our hearts to wisdom lest those who have receive Revelation from the Father be called “Satan” by the Lord.
From that time Jesus began to show to His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised the third day.: We may ask, “From which time?” From the time Jesus spoke about Building the Church. From the time His Disciples got Revelation about who He truly is. From the time He spoke about Spiritual authority. From that time, He began to speak about His Death. We cannot build the People of God(Church), if we don’t have Revelation about Jesus, Divine Authority, and walk the Way of the Cross. Jesus never spoke about His Death to His Disciples until this time. He began to tell and show it to them from this moment onwards. Christ reveals His Mind to us gradually. When He discovers that we already know some truths about Him, He is willing to tell us another. If they had not gotten Revelation that He is the “Son of God”, telling them about His Death will be too much for them to bear. Let us therefore learn from Jesus to know that Spiritual truths are not to be given to a Person at the same time, but precept upon Precept. Jesus spoke about His Suffering and Death so that His Disciples may prepare their Mind also. For “If they do this to the Master of the House, How much more those that belong to His Household?” it is not a strange things when we as Christ Disciples discover that those who stand against us most are those who hold the Bible and claim to be Christians. For Jesus Himself suffered Greatly from the Elders, Chief Priest and Scribes who were the Religious leaders of His Days. In the Old testament, if you were killed by your enemies, it was a result of been Disobedient to the Lord. It was when Israel were Disobedient to the Lord that their enemies overcame them and defeated them but whenever Israel were obedient to the Lord. They always defeated their enemies. That was how it was in the old testament because their promises were Earthly. But now under the new Covenant, Jesus has inaugurated a new and Living Way for us where God allows His Obedient Children to be overcome by their enemies and to be killed. Jesus Himself was killed. All the Apostles was killed, the early Christians were thrown to the Lions and burnt yet God did not save them. God did not rescue them from the Fire Like He rescued the Old testament Saints like Daniel’s three friends. This was a New age!!! God permits His Children to Suffer and in the Midst of this suffering, they are to Glorify God. This is something greater than what the Old testament offered. For there is a Glory that comes after the Suffering!!! Christ rose up from the Death(1 Peter 1:11)!!! Let us therefore make up our mind, for If we Suffer with Him, We shall also be glorified with Him(Romans 8:17).
Then Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying, “Far be it from You, Lord; this shall not happen to You!”: Peter could not understand this. He was stiff in old testament theology that He could not understand How God could allow Enemies to prevail over a Righteousness Man like Jesus. And it is so sad that Many Christians can’t understand this today also Just Like Peter!!! Peter was like, “Well, you just gave me authority to bind all the forces in Heaven and on Earth!!! How then can anybody come and take You? I am going to defend You!!! “They haven’t understood the New Covenant. When they read verses like, ” All those who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution(2 Timothy 3:12)” or “In this World You will suffer Tribulation(John 16:33)”, they just cannot understand it. And Foolishly like Peter, they say, “Far be it from Me Lord!!! This shall not happen to Me!!” Our Mind is so corrupt that we are so quick to look for a Way to avoid Suffering. When we should have submitted to God’s will, it seems like we are rebuking the Lord for His words. Whenever God’s word contradicts what we have always believed, it is better to remain silent and align our Will to God’s will. God knows what He has to do without our own suggestions and teachings. It is not for us to be His counselor and teach Him what to do(Romans 11:34). Let us therefore Humble ourselves before the Lord!!!
But He turned and said to Peter,“Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.”: How quickly a Person who has gotten Revelation from the Father and Spiritual Authority from Jesus can become the Voice of Satan. It is interesting to see how the Lord calls His Closest Co-worker Satan just because He was trying to prevent Him from Suffering and going the way of the Cross. Indeed whom the Lord Loves, He rebukes!!! The more He loves You, the Stronger the Rebuke. Jesus had earlier said, ” Blessed Are you Simon!!! For You have gotten Revelation from My Father” but Here He says, “Get behind Me Satan!!!”. Perhaps Peter became Proud because He has been selected to get Revelation and Spiritual authorities has been given to Him. So Satan got into Him!!! How quickly Satan gets in when we are puffed up with Words of praise from People. It is when we have received Revelation, when we have been privileged to see that which other Christians have not seen. When we have been blessed with authority that He has not given to others. That is the very moment we are most in danger of being overcome by Satan. If we are going to build a Church where the gate of Hell shall not prevail, then we need to be alter ourselves that Satan does not prevail against us. There are many Leaders who have become an instrument in the hands of Satan to speak forth words which are contrary to the will of God. The Lord says “Bless Your enemies” But they command their congregation to “Curse their enemies” The Lord says, “You cannot Serve God and Money” but they say “Material Prosperity is the Sign that God is pleased with You” When you look at those words they say, it does not look like Evil words. Was Peter saying Something that was Sinful? Was He saying something wicked? Not at all!!! Out of a Human compassion and pity for His beloved Lord He said, “Don’t ever go to the cross!!! Don’t let suffering and Death come to you” Yet it was the Voice of Satan!!! This is something we must remember that the Voice that tells us to avoid the Path way of the Cross in our life is always the voice of Satan. Anyone that tells us to avoid the way of suffering which is working for us an exceedingly weight of glory is Satan(2 Corinthians 4:17)!!! We must be as bold like Jesus to turn around to such Preacher and say, “Get behind me Satan!!!, You are an offense to Me!!! You are not Mindful of the things of God but the things of Men!!!” whenever the Cross comes into our lives, our mind becomes set on God’s interest and not man’s interest. If Your mind is still set on doing Your own will in Life, no matter what you say, You have not understood the Way of the cross. You are an offense to Christ!!! You are a stumbling block to the work of Christ.
Then Jesus said to His disciples,“If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it: In the old testament, everything was compulsory, You had to pay your tithe whether You like it or not. You had to go to Jerusalem three times a Year if you are a Male whether you feel like going or not. Everything was compulsory in the old Covenant. But in the New testament, Everything is Voluntary. So Jesus says, “IF”. There is no Compulsion here because if anything is Compulsory, it is not done out of Love. And Jesus says, “If You Love Me, Keep my commandments(John 14:15).” obedience in the New Covenant must spring out of Love unlike the Old Covenant which is done out of fear or out of hope of reward. This is exactly how people are being led back to the Old Covenant of Paying Tithes out of fear of God sending a Devourer, when it should have been Cheerfully according to the New testament. Likewise this Matter of following Jesus. Jesus says, “IF you want to follow Me and become a Co-worker with Me in building My Church, then You must deny Yourself and take up Your Cross”. The Cross is not meant for only Jesus to Carry. ALL those who are willing to follow Him Must also Take up their Cross. We must also go the same Way that Jesus went(1 John 2:6). Taking up the Cross Daily and dying to our own interests and will and doing the Will of God. It is by doing this that we become Partakers of the Life of Christ and throw away the Soulish Life we have inherited from Adam. We throw away that garbage Life and we get Gold in return(Read #Day 070 – For More Revelation on the Way of the Cross)
For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? For the Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and then He will reward each according to his works. : We often quote these words to unbelievers but Jesus said it to His Disciples. What does it means to gain the Whole World? It means if you spend Your whole life doing Your own will and pursing All that this World has to offer(Money, Position, Greatness.. Etc) but at the end of it, You have wasted Your one Earthly Life. You have not allowed Your Soul to be transformed by partaking of God’s Nature. God gave you one Life to live for Him on this Earth but You wasted it. What would you give in exchange for this one Life? The Value of just one Soul is greater than what the Whole world can give. Whatever this world can offer is garbage compare to Partaking of God’s Nature in our Soul during our one Earthly Life. If only we would be gripped by this, we would Live much more for things of Eternity than the Things of Time. For a time is coming where the Lord will Come with His Angels to reward every Man according to his deed. What would be important on that day is, “What did You Live For?, Did you seek your own interests of God’s interests?” Not “Did You go to Church Every Sunday?” The Pharisees went to the Synagogue Every Saturday, they prayed, fasted and Yet they went to Hell. When the Lord comes, what would be important is “Whose interest were You Living for? God or Man’s interest? Whose Will did You do? God or Man’s will? Let us therefore live with the Judgement seat of Christ in view so that we will have no regrets on that day.
Assuredly, I say to you, there are some standing here who shall not taste death till they see the Son of Man coming in His kingdom.”: This was fulfilled on the Day of Pentecost which was the Beginning of Coming of Christ Kingdom on Earth. When the Holy Spirit came down in Power, the Kingdom of God was established on Earth in a Small Way in those 120 people who were in the upper room. The Church today is a prototype of the Kingdom of God which will one day cover the Earth like the Waters cover the sea. So some standing right there with Jesus at this time were not going to Die until the Day of Pentecost came(Judas for sure died before that day). So the Church is the Beginning of the Kingdom of God that will be fully Established one day. And if the Church is the beginning, do you think on that day, we shall be taking about, More Cars, More House, More Money? Far from it!!! The only thing that would Matter is Jesus and His beauty!!! And a Church that Christ is building Speaks of Christ!!! May God help us to find ourselves in a Church that Christ is building.
Dear Friend, Revelation is not Enough, Spiritual Authority is not a Enough!!! We must Walk the Way of the Cross!!! We Must take up the Cross daily and say to the Lord in all situations, “Not My Will Lord, But Thy Will”. Don’t Listen to a Preacher who does not Lead You to take up the Cross Daily. Don’t listen to a Man who teaches You to avoid the Cross Way. Such Preachers are the Voice of Satan!!! They are the Enemies of the Cross whose end is destruction(Philippians 3:17-19). Don’t let them lead you to gain the Whole world but Yet lose Your Soul. He who has ears, Let Him Hear!!! May the Lord give us Grace to walk in the footsteps of Jesus as we Look unto Him as He endured the Cross and Despise the Shame because of the Joy that was set before Him(Hebrews 12:1-2).Amen. God bless You. Have a blessed day.
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