31 And He began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. 32 And He was stating the matter plainly. And Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him. 33 But turning around and seeing His disciples, He rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind Me, Satan; for you are not setting your mind on God’s interests, but man’s.” ~ Mark 8:31-33 (NASB)
Heavenly Father, even Peter couldn’t understand why Jesus had to go through Calvary. Even the humanity of Jesus was tempted by the thought of not having to die. Yet the divinity of Jesus ensured that He followed through on Your plan, at horrible cost to Him, for His love of us. Help me to appreciate the great sacrifice of Christ’s atonement and to live my life for You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.