Have you ever had someone push you? ‘Didn’t like it, did you? What did you want to do to them? Exacly. In Mark chapter 8 Peter pushed Jesus to the side…
“Peter took Him aside.” [v. 32]
“Uh-Oh!?? Ahh… Peter, don’t you know… that’s a big no-no? Jesus don’t like being pushed to the side!” So, what does “meek-and-mild” Jesus do? HE PUSHES BACK!! …
“He rebuked Peter, saying, “Get behind me, Satan! You are not mindful of the things of God… but the things of men!”
It’s not that Jesus was all-of-a-sudden CRAZY MAD at Peter. Jesus saw that there was a deeper issue in Peter. Peter was a “Christian” [you could say], but HE WAS BEING INFLUENCED BY THE POWERS OF DARKNESS. And the proof of it is that he PUSHED JESUS TO THE SIDE!! And remember this… if we’re going to push Jesus to the side…. watch out! HE’S GONNA PUSH BACK!!
WHAT DO WE DO? David said in Psalm 16:8 “I have set the Lord always before me!” Where are you setting Jesus? Behind you? Beside you? Be like David and set the Lord right in front of you! Every day acknowledge His Presence. Bust out your Bible! Let His Light shine on you. Turn your back on the Devil like you did when you dumped one of your old boyfriends!! Go ahead and DO IT!!!
and…. STOP PUSHING JESUS TO THE SIDE!!