I would like you to indulge me…and imagine with me that we’re back in world-cup times…and specifically to the game between France and Croatia. Imagine that the Disciples are all gathered in Peter’s sitting-room to watch this game…its halftime and they’re eating, drinking, talking about the good old Jesus days, laughing, teasing each other, and keenly observing the apparently budding relationship between Macron and the Croatian President (Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović).
Then Luke says, “Do you guys remember the day Peter rebuked Jesus for saying He’s going to die, and Jesus got upset and blasted him saying, “Get behind me Satan?””
…they all laugh…
Then John says to Peter, “…But Peter, in all seriousness, what exactly were you thinking…why did you rebuke our Lord?”
And Peter says, “You know, I just didn’t like the idea of suffering and dying…I couldn’t understand it…that was not what we signed up for. Jesus was supposed to be the Messiah…to save all of Israel…so how could He be the Messiah if He was dead.”
The room falls silent…and they begin to realize that what Peter said that day to rebuke the Lord…was actually what they were all thinking, but had been too afraid to say…
…and in fact what Peter did that day…rebuking the Lord…is something that you and I have often thought to do…and in some cases have actually done.
…in the name of the Father, the Son & the Holy Spirit…Amen