Peter doubtless thinks his motives are good when he proclaims that Christ would never be handed over to die. Christ indicates that all obstacles to Him obeying the Father’s will come from the Adversary (Satan). Then Christ goes on to challenge His disciples concerning whose interests they were putting first in their lives. It was a theme that they had heard before from Him.

We are challenged to examine our own hearts and lives to see where our interests lie. Are we self-interested, living for our own pleasure and amusement only, or have we taken up our cross, denying ourselves to follow Jesus? How should we respond to the words of Jesus?

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Shaun Bryant

Shaun has been Pastor at Grace Church in Modesto since late 1993. His journey to the fellowship took him through churches of various persuasions, during which time he became convinced of a call to the ministry and also of a Reformed view of the Scriptures. Shaun completed his studies for the ministry at Westminster Seminary in California. He is married with 3 children.

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