The disciples have realised that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of the living God. Now, Jesus starts telling them that he will go to Jerusalem, suffer, be killed, and on the third day rise from the dead. Peter reprimands Jesus for saying this. Jesus says “Get away from me, Satan! You are a dangerous trap to me.” Peter was seeing things from a human perspective, not God’s.
Jesus disturbed the disciple’s ideas of what the Messiah would be like. They didn’t like the idea of a Messiah that would die.
Jesus disturbs all those who follow him: to do so means giving up our lives for his sake. What does that mean for us here in Golden Bay?
Jesus disturbs our idea of “comfortable religion” – but reminds us that it is better to be disturbed now than on the Day of judgement.
We will enter into communion as a reminder that Jesus’ kingdom has been inaugurated, and will soon come. (verse 28)