Sincerity and Rebuke
When the Lord told His disciples about what was forthcoming there was much perplexity. Peter took this perplexity and, I would suggest, with much sincerity tried to alter the Lord’s approach (Matthew 16:21-22). The Lord was plain spoken in His reply (16:23).
Imagine you are Peter and you just received these hard words from the Lord. How would you reply?
Way too often preachers try to go through the back door in order to help a person learn a most valuable lesson. I suppose there might be some good reason (or reasons) for this occasionally.
Jesus did not go through the back door – He went right through the front door.
I think we can gain much from a consideration of this.