"And He began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. He spoke this word openly. Then Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him." (Mark 8:31) It is almost laughable that a disciple would think it would ever be okay to rebuke Jesus, the Son of God, the very one that Peter had just declared to be the Christ. Peter accepted Jesus as the long waited Messiah, but had a real hard time with the picture that Jesus was painting.
What is the true nature of a King?
The people of this time had no shortage of examples of what He SHOULD look like. He should be strong and mighty, sit on a throne, demand respect, be a leader in battle, he could live as he pleased, he would be served and treated as royalty.
The king "suffering many things, being rejected by the high officials, and being killed" for some reason didn't fit on Peter's list of what the Messiah should look like. Could you imagine the sudden let down? "BUT MESSIAH YOU'RE SUPPOSED TO BE OUR KING, OUR SAVIOR, THE CHRIST"
The sad realization is that many of us including myself often still have this distorted view like Peter. We want to be treated as worldly kings when every example Jesus set was laid down, sacrificed, humility. The most exalted place to be in the eyes of God is the lowest most humble place you can get. Jesus set the example for what we should live like, what He wanted us to look like, He humbled Himself and became a man to shed His blood and bring salvation, but also to set the ultimate example of what children of God should live like.
Even with His example, even with His Word, even with my Holy Spirit whispering, "GET LOWER STILL" I often still want to wear a worldly king's robe. I find my flesh screaming like Peter "No!", I want to be respected, I want to make choices for myself, I want to demand my rights, and yet Jesus laid down these rights down. He had every right and all power to demand to be treated fairly, to be treated with respect, to sit in a palace on a throne, to have servants, to be served, but instead He came lowly. Everything He did was in complete humble obedience and self sacrifice. He completely emptied Himself out and submitted to the will of the Father by the direction of our Holy Spirit.
HAVE THIS MIND AMONG YOURSELVES
Phil. 2:5-11 "Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind let each of you regard one another as more important than himself; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross."
The love of Jesus abounded across the board from the prostitute to the priest. He humbly laid down His life in obedience for us all.
Oh Jesus, help us to be as humble as You. Help us to lay down our lives and get lower still. Help us to know that it is far better to be humble and exalted by God than praised and respected by man. Holy Spirit help us to take up our cross and die daily.
Be blessed, J. Tate