Why did St. Peter reprimand Jesus?

Peter contradicts his Lord

09/11/2017 Matthew | Personal belief

Manuel Seibel

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"From then on Jesus began to show his disciples that he had to go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes and be killed and raised on the third day. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. saying: God keep you, Lord, this will not happen to you ”(Mt 16:21, 22) - a short devotion.

The Lord Jesus announced to his disciples for the first time that He would die. Peter immediately contradicts Him. However, we should not forget what a hard blow it was for the disciples, who had always expected that their Master would be able to reach the hearts and consciences of the Jews. Even in this situation, they still reckoned that Jesus would establish his kingdom in power and glory. Instead, however, He now speaks of death: “No,” He tells them to a certain extent, “I will have to suffer and die.


Peter thinks that he will not let go of what the Lord says about himself and the end of his earthly life. Here we get to know Peter from a completely different side than in the previous verses. There he was the mouthpiece of the Father and spoke about the glory of Jesus Christ. It is hard to believe that only a short time later such a believer can become a Satan, an adversary of the Lord. That's how we are, that's how we are believers! One can have received the greatest revelations, one can be endowed with the greatest spiritual gift, yet think and act completely carnal. Peter did that at that moment.


We can understand Peter - humanly - very well. He had just been allowed to say who his Lord really is: the Son of the living God. How could he then accept that this life-giving Lord, who has life in himself, should lose his life? That couldn't and shouldn't be. Didn't he have to become the father's mouthpiece again, he might have thought, by passing on his firm convictions?


But Peter was not guided by the Holy Spirit here, but by his feelings. Presumably Peter was also thinking of his own future. Perhaps the praise of Jesus, that is, the recognition that what he had said did not come from himself but directly from Heavenly Father, had made him cheer up a little inwardly and made him proud in front of the other disciples. Now he wanted to prove that he really was stronger than his fellow disciples. If they were "weakly" silent - he didn't! He wanted to put up manly resistance to what he saw as a false reflection on the part of the Lord. And: Was that perhaps another test to which the Lord subjected them?


But to contradict the Lord Jesus is always a sin. This also applies to us. Don't we sometimes think (secretly) that we know better than the Lord? At any rate, this is what we do occasionally when we see the Lord's words as perhaps useful to others but do not judge ourselves by them.