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.” Matt 16:23
Jesus had begun to show the disciples how He must go to Jerusalem and suffer at the hands of the chief priests. He would be killed but resurrect on the third day.
Peter did not understand but was concerned about these things happening to his friend.
Jesus may have seen the concern in Peter but He saw a temptation from Satan.
It’s a great idea that Jesus would not have to die for us but it’s impractical. And He had showed this to His disciples.
Peter was not stupid and he wasn’t ignorant of the real purpose of Jesus going to Jerusalem.
Perhaps he did not fully understand that Jesus’ death would offer the only hope for everyone. To thwart that plan would leave humanity hopeless in life and death.
Who would possibly want that but the ultimate adversary of God!
No long before this incident, Peter had confessed that Jesus was the Christ, the Son of the Living God.
Now he tempts Jesus to deny the upcoming crucifixion and to stick around.
The funny thing is I have used the same phrase (Get behind me, Satan) on myself when my thoughts stray to tempt me to sin.
Satan wants nothing more than for you or me to take our eyes off of God’s purpose for our lives.
Don’t give him the satisfaction. Rebuke temptation.