“But He turned and said 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’” (Matthew 16:23).
Peter is exhibit “A” of the disappointing reality that the greatest of confessions can be clouded by the most selfish of concerns. While acknowledging Jesus as the Christ, Peter then sought to inform and redirect Jesus as to the kind of Messiah he needed to be–one who lived up to his expectations. Like us, Peter needed to learn that God’s love is not fulfilled in giving to self-interest what it desires, but in man laying down his desires and fulfilling the purposes of God.