In Mark 8:27-33, we read that Jesus and his disciples went on to the villages around Caesarea Philippi. On the way he asked them, “Who do people say I am?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.”
“But what about you?” He asked. “Who do you say I am?” Peter answered, “You are the Messiah.” Jesus warned them not to tell anyone about him. 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. He spoke plainly about this, and Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. 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.”
This is interesting to me when you look at my previous post/study with the blind man, because now, Simon’s the one who’s seeing blurry.
When you don’t have your focus fixed on Jesus, you can’t see the ways and concerns of God, but only those of humans. For example, there are people today who say they’re blessed because Jesus died, but if they were there among the 12, they would be just as Simon saying such as, ‘No! You Mustn’t! You don’t have to die for everyone…there’s a way around it. I’ll research it to find another way, and if I can’t find it, then I’ll just choose to believe in another way anyway.’
Example #2: If you read the Bible with the eyes of intentions of wanting to learn, obey, get closer to God and as a means of discipleship, then you’ll begin to see things more clearly, for now you understand God’s Word and God’s ways in light of God’s concerns. But, if you either don’t study God’s Word, or if you read it as a good book, outdated suggestions for life, or with a picky conscience, then you will judge and disagree with God’s ways and focus on the concerns of the world. That’s why we have so many “Christians” who choose the liberal stance in their faith. Their eyes are not on God, but on the world. So when they look at either-or, their eyes are blurry and can’t see clearly.
Simon’s acknowledgment of Jesus as Messiah is HUGE!
- Up to this point, neither of them seemed to get it.
- In order to put and keep your focus on Jesus, you must first recognize Him as the Messiah of God.
- Otherwise, everything He says may be responded to as did the Israelites.
- If Jesus was not the Messiah, then you wouldn’t have to follow His call.
To see and have in mind God’s concerns, you must first recognize and acknowledge Jesus as Messiah and receive Him as your Lord.
What I find interesting though is that Simon first acknowledged Jesus as Christ, but then suddenly rebuked Him when he heard the stuff He’d have to go through…such are the dangers of having both mindsets…blurry sight.