Your spirit fills with hope. You’ve seen and heard the word of God. His answer resides in your heart. Your mind imagines what the realization of the answer will look like. Then it enters in sight. Confusion sneaks in where faith resided. Reality doesn’t agree with the images your mind created. Understanding doesn’t fit with circumstances. Here stands Peter when Jesus rebukes him:
“Get thee behind me, Satan: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but the things that be of men.” Mark 8:33.
Peter’s lack of understanding who Jesus Christ, the Son of the living God is, caused him to see only what he knew he wanted. What Peter wanted Daniel saw. It just couldn’t be yet.
“I saw in the night visions, and behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him.
And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom,
that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him:
his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away,
and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.” Dan. 7:13-14
Jesus’ rebuke echoes words spoken to the devil in the days of His temptation. For through Peter Satan offered it yet again.
“Again, the devil taketh him up into exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.
Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written,
THOU SHALT WORSHIP THE LORD THY GOD,
AND HIM ONLY SHALT THOU SERVE.” Matt. 4:8-10.
The kingdoms would return to Christ but not in this way or at this time.
“And the seventh angel sounded;
and there were great voices in heaven, saying,
THE KINGDOMS OF THIS WORLD
ARE BECOME THE KINGDOMS
OF OUR LORD, AND OF HIS CHRIST;
AND HE SHALL REIGN FOR EVER AND EVER.” Rev. 11:15.
Jesus’ explanation to the two on the road to Emmaus after His resurrection resonates with Peter’s lack.
“Then he said unto them, o fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken: Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory?” Luke 24:25-26
Peter, along with all of Israel, waited for the King to come deliver them from their enemies. God sent a Lamb to deliver them from their greatest enemy, death.
“The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith,
Behold that Lamb of God,
which taketh away the sin of the world.” John 1:29
“He was oppressed, and he was afflicted,
yet he opened not his mouth:
he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter,
and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb,
so he openeth not his mouth.” Isa. 53:7
“Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.” Heb. 2:14-15.
Peter, so much like us, couldn’t see past today’s pain with its trials. He saw physical deliverance…and it will come. Before physical deliverance is fully realized, spiritual deliverance must take place. The Son of Man had to suffer before receiving the fulness of His glory.
“So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many;
and unto them that look for him shall he appear
the second time without sin unto salvation.” Heb. 9:28
“And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands:
Saying with a loud voice,
Worthy is the Lamb that was slain
to receive power, and riches, and wisdom,
and strength, and honour,
and glory, and blessing.” Rev. 4:11,12
“And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written,
KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.”
“Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him,
and given him a name which is above every name:
That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.” Phil. 2:9-11
Sharing my short testimony: The longer version is found in the scriptures above.
Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is my Lamb of God, who took my sin upon Him and is worthy of praise.
He is my coming King who reigns forever and is worthy of worship.
Thank you to:
Diana (Fille de Dieu) at lapetitemuse.wordpress.com
For sharing her thoughts and her testimony. I’ve included her testimony here. Visit my blog, “Questions to Ponder,” for her thoughtful answer. And, if you don’t already follow her blog, be sure to stop by for a visit.
“The last question is in my drafts for a future thought on my blog, but Jesus is the true King of Kings and the reason why we’re ‘alive’ today.”
Please feel free to leave your confession of Christ, giving glory to God.