First prediction of Jesus’ death and resurrection
21 From that time Jesus began to show his disciples that he had to go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders, chief priests, and legal experts, and that he had to be killed and raised on the third day. 22 Then Peter took hold of Jesus and, scolding him, began to correct him: “God forbid, Lord! This won’t happen to you.” 23 But he turned to Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan. You are a stone that could make me stumble, for you are not thinking God’s thoughts but human thoughts.”
Saving and losing life
24Then Jesus said to his disciples, “All who want to come after me must say no to themselves, take up their cross, and follow me. 25 All who want to save their lives will lose them. But all who lose their lives because of me will find them. 26 Why would people gain the whole world but lose their lives? What will people give in exchange for their lives? 27 For the Human One is about to come with the majesty of his Father with his angels. And then he will repay each one for what that person has done.
When we think about suffering and death, we want to keep these thoughts far away and not let them enter in our life. But everywhere we look we see people suffer and die. Only with avery firm faith we can stand the cruel things that are happening around us. Why Jesus is angry with Peter when he wants Him to forbid bad things happen? Gods thoughts are not human thoughts, He explains. Can we ever understand this ?No, it is not to be understood. We only may accept it.
PRAYER FOR COMING WEEK.
Prepare me for the coming week.
Take away all the worries and regrets. Recharge my soul and renew my hope.
Please go before me. Bring the right people in to my life; and move the wrong people out of the way.
Help me look for and always see the good in others. Guide me with your love and give me your joy.
Bless my family and friends and be with them this week and beyond.
Please also remember;
Don’t worry. God is never blind to your tears. Never deaf to your prayers and never silent to your pain.
He sees, He hears and He will deliver.