In Matthew 16:16 God uses Peter to proclaim that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God. Just 5 verses later, Peter is then rebuked by Jesus.
From that time Jesus began to show His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised up on the third day.
Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying, “God forbid it, Lord! This shall never happen to You.”
But He turned to Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to Me; for you are not setting your mind on God’s interests, but man’s”
One moment Peter is a useful tool in the Lord’s hand and praised by Jesus, and the next he is being rebuked as Satan! How crushing this must have been. In fact, I know just what that feels like as I am sure most Christians know how that feels. How many times have I been blessed with opportunities to serve the Lord and receive His blessing only to let Him down with arrogance, anger or pride a moment later. They are sadly to numerous to count. My next thought is then, what can I do? How can I ever get over this? The answer is in the next verse.
Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me.
“For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.
“For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?”
Lord I pray to be a useful and faithful servant in Your Kingdom. Please guide me and bless my soul to take up my cross and follow You.