Sep 12, 2021 |
Get Behind Me Satan| The Rev. Philip DeVaul
Get Behind Me Satan
“ When we look at the people around us and we read about how we're supposed to love everybody. And then we look at the people around us when we hear Satan say, I mean everybody, but THAT person, we're not going to love them. Or, I could love them if they would just think like I think. I would love them. I could love everybody if they just got vaccinated. I could love everybody if they would just get on board with how I am, to which Jesus himself says, ‘Get behind me Satan.’ You are thinking about the world on your terms and not on God's terms. And this is so important. Not only that Jesus says that you are thinking about things on worldly terms and not on God's terms, because we know that we do that. But what Jesus says about it; he calls us Satan, or he recognizes Satan in our midst, and we got to hear that. We got to hear that we are capable of being adversaries to God's will, to God's work in the world. We have to see it, but also, we have to recognize that Jesus is saying, ‘get behind me’, not get away from me, not go away forever, or be banished. Jesus tells his disciple who has gotten out of line and says, do things my way, Jesus. No, you get behind me, from behind Jesus, You can follow. "