“Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things…Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. ‘Never Lord!’ he said.  ‘This shall never happen to you!’  Jesus turned and said to Peter, ‘Get behind me, Satan!  You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men.'”  (Matthew 16:21-23)

What’s on your mind?  There’s all kinds of things that can be on our minds, isn’t there?  Projects, homework, appointments, decisions, hopes, dreams, to-do lists, etc.

The disciple Peter also had something in mind.  Peter couldn’t conceive of a sentence that contained “Christ” as the subject and “suffer” as the verb.  But that’s just what Jesus told them about Himself.  That wasn’t part of Peter’s plans, his hopes, his dreams.  Maybe a Christ who is powerful, glorious, prestigious, mighty….but not a Christ who suffers and dies!

Peter filled his mind not with the things of God, but the things of men and Satan was right there to tempt Jesus through Peter.  So, what’s on our minds?  The things of God or the things of men?  Do we conform our minds to what God wants… or what we want?

Thankfully Jesus always had in mind the things of God, not men.  And what were those things?  Those things involved suffering many things, going to a cross to die, drinking the cup of God’s righteous anger against the sins of the world and rising from the dead to show that He won our salvation!  That’s what was on His mind!

And now?  Because of that you can go about your various tasks, appointments, to-do lists with a certain thanksgiving front and center in your mind because you have a Savior who had your salvation in mind as He died and rose for you and He keeps you in His mind as He leads you through your life to your eternal home with Him forever!

Thinking thankfulness for my God, just like you,

pastor