Savoring the Things of God

by admin ~ March 27th, 2010. Filed under: Brandenburg, gospel, Jesus.

Toward the end of Matthew 16, Jesus told the disciples that He would go to Jerusalem, suffer, die, and then be raised from the dead on the third day. Peter must have zoned out on the resurrection part and heard only the suffering and death portion, so he went off on Jesus, rebuking him for this plan. That’s when Jesus turned to Peter and said, “Get thee behind me, Satan.” Ouch! Those were rough words. But then Jesus explains how bad they were. You see, Jesus was on earth, not to do His own will, but to do the will of God the Father. And suffering and dying were the will of the Father. Jesus savored the things of God. Peter was not savoring the things of God. And that is a characteristic of unbelievers. They savor the things of men instead of those of God. Their eternal destiny is at stake because of that. Jesus goes on to explain. They must deny self if they would follow Him. They must lose their own life if they will have life. They must give up their own temporal, horizontal life, life on earth, if they would have spiritual life, eternal life with Him. People who savor the things of men are hanging on to their own lives. They keep their lives for themselves. They don’t want suffering and death for God. They don’t like the cross. They want their own ambitions and gratification of their flesh. They might get that, but what would it profit if someone gained even the whole world, but lost his own soul. Even the whole world would not be worth someone’s soul. A choice of the things of God means that we savor the things that are God’s and not the things of ourselves. That’s believing in Him.

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