Mark 8:31-33: That sounds tempting.

“30-32 Jesus warned them to keep it quiet, not to breathe a word of it to anyone. He then began explaining things to them: “It is necessary that the Son of Man proceed to an ordeal of suffering, be tried and found guilty by the elders, high priests, and religion scholars, be killed, and after three days rise up alive.” He said this simply and clearly so they couldn’t miss it.  32-33 But Peter grabbed him in protest. Turning and seeing his disciples wavering, wondering what to believe, Jesus confronted Peter. “Peter, get out of my way! Satan, get lost! You have no idea how God works.” The Message

We can so identify with Peter, can’t we? One minute flying, soaring; the next taking a dive. We can be so ‘up and down’ in our experience. Just when you think you’re getting somewhere, you trip over the step yet again.

It is remarkable to see how frequently and ‘’plainly’’ Jesus spoke about His death and resurrection. But the disciples just couldn’t get it. They had no thought category into which they could fit a suffering Messiah. No doubt the others were thinking similarly, but as so often, Peter acted as spokesperson for the entire group. In his words Jesus discerned Satan’s accent. This was the voice that had tried, unsuccessfully, to dissuade Him from the way of the cross in the wilderness. He would again face this temptation in the garden of Gethsemane. Here and now Jesus dealt ruthlessly with the devil. He would not turn aside from His God-given mission. There was a ‘’must’’ (2x in v.31) about the death and resurrection of Jesus. The will of God made it necessary. He would not be deflected.

Tom Hale points out that when you seek to do God’s will, there will be friends, family, colleagues, and so on, who will want to prevent you. They may well be acting out of concern for you, but people are often not on the same page as God (see Acts 21:10-14; Matthew 16:23; Colossians 3:2 and Isaiah 55:8,9).