That is until two short verses later when Jesus begins to tell his disciples things that they just don’t want to hear. He begins to reveal to them that he will undergo great suffering and will die and on the third day will be raised again. This is just too much for Peter. Peter loves Jesus and he has staked his whole life on following this man. He cries out “God forbid it, Lord! This must never happen to you.” And Jesus responds very harshly, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; for you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.”
And this is what I want you to take from this story as well. You may have different struggles than I have. You may not be as impatient as I am. Perhaps you find it is easier to have faith in the face of difficulty and the unknown. I don’t know what your falling down and failure involves. Maybe it is pride. Maybe it is stubbornness. Maybe it is a desire to be comfortable. Maybe it is passivity. Maybe it is too much certainty that your way and your view is the right way and right view. I don’t know what you struggle with, but my guess is that you struggle with something. I would bet that you too are familiar with the falling, failing and being picked up again pattern that is a part of every Christian’s life. The good news is that whatever your failing, whatever it is that causes you to fall down, God loves you and is there to pick you up as well. God is calling you and blessing you too.
And Jesus touched them saying, “Get up and do not be afraid.”