Peter – Disciple of Jesus Christ (Part 5)

(མར་ཀུ 8:31-33)

དེ་ནས་ཁོང་གིས་ཉེ་གནས་ཚོར་མིའི་རིགས་ཀྱི་བུ་ནི་ངེས་པར་དུ་སྡུག་བསྔལ་མང་པོ་མྱོང་ཞིང༌། ཡ་ཧུ་དཱ་པའི་མི་རིགས་ཀྱི་རྒན་པོ་དང་བླ་ཆེན་རྣམས། ཆོས་ཁྲིམས་ལ་མཁས་པའི་མིས་ཁོ་རང་དོར་ནས་གསོད་པར་འགྱུར་ལ། ཡང་ཉིན་གསུམ་གྱི་རྗེས་འཆི་བ་ནས་སླར་གསོན་པར་ལང་ངོ་ཞེས་གསུངས། ཁོང་གིས་བཀའ་དེ་གསལ་པོར་གསུངས་ཤིང༌། པེ་ཏྲོས་ཁོང་ཟུར་དུ་ཁྲིད་ནས་གཤེ་གཤེ་བཏང༌། འོན་ཀྱང་ཡེ་ཤུས་ཞལ་ཕྱིར་སྐོར་ཏེ་ཉེ་གནས་ཚོར་གཟིགས་ནས་པེ་ཏྲོ་ལ་བཀའ་བཀྱོན་གནང་སྟེ་“བདུད་སཱ་ཏན་ཁྱོད། ངའི་རྒྱབ་ཏུ་སོང་ཞིག ཁྱོད་ཀྱི་བསམ་པ་དཀོན་མཆོག་བཞིན་མ་ཡིན་པར་མི་བཞིན་ཡིན་ནོ་”ཞེས་གསུངས།


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(Mark 8:31-33)

And he began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes and be killed, and after three days rise again. And he said this plainly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. But turning and seeing his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan! For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.”


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Peter says to Jesus, ‘I will die with you.’

When Jesus foretold his suffering and execution, Peter argued with him, saying, ‘You are wrong; that cannot happen to God’s Messiah.’ But Jesus replied, ‘Yes; it must happen. Do not tempt me, Peter. You speak like the chief demon in tempting me to seek earthly glory and avoid suffering’

What to say? Peter maybe thought that those close to Jesus like himself would share some of that glory.

But it was not God’s purpose for his Messiah to appear as a victorious king riding a golden horse. God’s way for Jesus was for him to be crucified and take the punishment for our sin on himself so that we might be set free.

Then Jesus said to everyone around (Mark 8:34-38), ‘If you want to follow me, then give up all thoughts of great glory in this world. Do not be ashamed of me, but imitate me and teach the dharma of my gospel. Then, when I come back in glory, I will show you favour.’

And later (Mark 14:26-31), that last evening when Jesus walked out with his disciples to be arrested, Peter declared emphatically that he would die with him if necessary. But Jesus knew better, saying, ‘No, you will not; you Peter will deny even knowing me three times.’ (Read about it next time)