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Don't turn your back on me

Mark 8: 31-33

        “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. But when He had turned around and looked at His disciples, He rebuked Peter, saying ‘Get behind Me, satan! For you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.’"

        This passage of scripture has been taught and taught, and taught some more, but there is one revelation from it that I have never heard from the pulpit. That is that Jesus was not actually facing Peter when He rebuked Him. Look at what I have underlined, the “He” is capitalized to reveal that it is speaking of Jesus. We also glean that from the fact that He turned around and looked at His disciples. Peter didn’t have disciples, so we know this refers to Christ. As a matter of fact, just prior to where I have underlined, the word says that “Peter took Him {Jesus} aside and began to rebuke Him. I am making a significant point of this because what is important to realize is that Jesus did not turn His back on Peter as Peter, but on the satanic influence in what Peter said. This is the reason that Jesus said “get behind me satan…” 

        Further, this instance is metaphorically pointing to the action God took on the cross. The word says that Jesus became sin and that when He was on the cross He cried out to the Lord “Lord, Lord why have you forsaken me?” {Matt 27:46} At that very moment God actually turned His face away from Jesus because Jesus was the embodiment the satanic influence on mankind- even as Peter had been a vessel for satanic influence. In both instances, God turned away from what satan had manifested in the lives of God’s people. This is astounding to think of because now, this side of the cross, God never looks away from us. Because of Jesus’ resurrection, all sin for all time has been atoned for {Hebrews 7:27}. Thus, God can look at us face to face and He, who will not dwell in temples made with hands now dwells in new creation temples made not by hands but by the Spirit of the Living God. Praise God that no longer will the Lord turn His back to us when we engage in satanic influenced behavior! 

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