Get Behind Me Satan!
Matthew 16:21-26 (NKJV)
21 From that time Jesus began to show to 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 the third day.
22 Then Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying, “Far be it from You, Lord; this shall not happen to You!”
23 But He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.”
24 Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.
25 For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.
26 For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?
Matthew 4:1-11 (NKJV)
1 Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.
2 And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward He was hungry.
3 Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.”
4 But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’ ”
5 Then the devil took Him up into the holy city, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple,
6 and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written: ‘He shall give His angels charge over you,’ and, ‘In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone.’ ”
7 Jesus said to him, “It is written again, ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God.’ ”
8 Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory.
9 And he said to Him, “All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.”
10 Then Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.’ ”
11 Then the devil left Him, and behold, angels came and ministered to Him.
John 20:24-25 (NKJV)
24 Now Thomas, called the Twin, one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came.
25 The other disciples therefore said to him, “We have seen the Lord.” So he said to them, “Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.”
In Matthew 16, Peter correctly identifies Jesus as the Christ, but then turns around and tries to separate Christ from the cross.
For that he is severely reprimanded: “Get thee behind Me Satan!”
- (Satan essentially means “Adversary”)
Hatred of the cross of Christ is the essence of the Satanic
Jesus is tempted by the devil in the wilderness
- Devil (diabolos) means “one who tears apart,” destroys unity, increases discord
The devil offers Jesus three shortcuts in order to avoid the cross:
- Simply follow your own appetites and forget everyone else.
- “command these stones to become bread”
- Perform a stunt…do something spectacular
- Swan dive from the highest point of the Temple
- Folk love the spectacular, but forget about it and move on within a week
- All that matters is politics…make your play for political power
- “all the kingdoms of the world and their glory…”
The Great Switcheroo
Before we sin:
- The Devil appears as our encourager and Jesus looks like an adversary
After we sin:
- Jesus is our encourager and the Devil is our accuser
Our most effective weapons against Satan:
- The Name of Christ
- The Blood of Christ