opposition to the work of the Cross and the role of the Cross in true
AIM: That we
might daily take up our Cross and follow Him.
INTR: We will
examine in this text satanic opposition to the Gospel and its
implications in our age.
1. In the process of scriptural
interpretation there is a danger of failing to connect important
thoughts. For example we should connect the thoughts in vv. 21-23 with
2. Peter is often seen to act capriciously and this is
certainly a prime example. His actions are taken in the absence of
3. The intensity of the rebuke of Christ to
Peter tells us that Peter has crossed the line into obstruction of the
very purpose of God in salvation. Peter, under the influence of Satan,
stepped directly in the path of our Lord’s work of salvation.
THESIS: The death, burial and
resurrection of Jesus Christ our Lord is at the heart of all that we may
claim in salvation. We must not minimize either its importance in
salvation or its role in our lives here on earth.
I. The “must”
of Christ in salvation (v. 21)
1. Many instances are recorded in
which He spoke of those things He must suffer. Here He speaks plainly
and graphically of that which must occur.
2. But, He must suffer:
1) Specifically at the hands of those mentioned in the text: elders,
chief priests, and so on.
2) Specifically that He must be killed and
3) That He must be raised again the third day.
3. We consider then
what will have been done through the work He declared (and consider that
the disciples were not grasping this as essential to salvation.
Man will have done his worst
2) Death will have been met and defeated
3) Life will have been claimed for His people.
II. Satan’s hatred
of what Jesus would do (vv. 22-23)
1. Compare Peter here (under the
influence of Satan) and in verse 16 in that which was revealed to by Our
Father Which art in Heaven.
2. The intent of Peter seemed good. He
was saying Lord propitiate yourself. They can’t do this to you. Like the
temptation in the wilderness, the goodness and worth of Christ is
3. Compare the words of Christ here and in Matthew 4:10
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.
4. The rebuke is scathing.
1) Thou art an offence (stone in the way
or a stumbling block)
2) This has nothing to so with the things of
God but with the things of men. If Satan had had his way at this point,
men would still be unsuccessfully aspiring to worship in their sins and
would still miss the mark.
3) Man’s thoughts are not God’s thoughts
nor were Peter’s thoughts here.
5. Satan and all forms of false
religion hate the Cross. See Galatians 5:11 and the mention of the
“offence of the cross.” Because, therein is:
1) Human depravity
2) Divine purpose is asserted
3) Atonement is made in
accordance with the eternal design of God.
4) New life is claimed
from the dead AND
III. Perseverance will be seen in true
discipleship. (vv. 24-28)
1. The 5th thing to be realized is that His
people follow Him in “the way.” After salvation comes following.
The taking of “our cross” is to take up an identity with the cross of
Christ. While our lots in life may differ greatly, there is only one
implication as to the cross. We walk by faith in what was accomplished
at the cross.
3. A precious precept is here taught in that the
realization of salvation comes in losing the life of the flesh. Jesus
brought salvation to us by giving up all.
4. The only alternative is
the loss of one’s own soul.
5. It is through the death of the cross
that Jesus claimed the right to come again “in the glory of His Father
with his angels.” Whose works shall we present? Ours or the
righteousness of Christ?