Mark 8:27-33 (NIV)
27 Jesus and his disciples went on to the villages around Caesarea Philippi. On the way he asked them, “Who do people say I am?”
28 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.”
29 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”
Peter answered, “You are the Messiah.”
30 Jesus warned them not to tell anyone about him.
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.”
- What does the scene look like, how do you picture it in your mind?
- Does anything surprise you about what happens?
- Why does Jesus call Peter “Satan?”
- Is Jesus being fair to Peter?
- What false beliefs did Peter have about the role of the Messiah?
- What did Peter learn from Jesus?
- If Peter continued to have a false belief about the Messiah, how would that have impacted his future ministry?