Mark 8: 31 He then began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and after three days rise again. 32 He spoke plainly about this, and Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. 33 But when Jesus turned and looked at his disciples, he rebuked Peter. “Get behind me, Satan!” he said. “You do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.”
I begin with this passage from Mark 8 because I think it provides a bit of insight into what we read today:
Mark 9: 2 After six days Jesus took Peter, James and John with him and led them up a high mountain, where they were all alone. There he was transfigured before them. 3 His clothes became dazzling white, whiter than anyone in the world could bleach them
Do you see what Peter did in Mark 8? As we discussed last year during our Bible Class on “Fearless” Peter was placing Jesus in Peter’s “box” of being an earthly king who could not be killed. And today we read that Jesus revealed himself as who he is – the light of the world! There could be no denying that this “man” they were following was different from what they expected – certainly not an earthly king.