RE Verse reading–Matthew 16:13-26 (day three) “Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. “Never, Lord!” he said. “This will never happen to you.” (vs 22) The second step following Christ is often the hardest. It is when the high cost of surrender becomes clear. Most of us have a bias or “box” into which we expect God and His plan to fit. Peter certainly did. His confidence in Christ and his unrecognized ambitions made him expect a victory rather than suffering and a cross. He was adamant on this! “This will NEVER happen”, he said and earned the Lord’s rebuke for his presumption. Sometimes we imagine that if we surrender to Christ once we will be finished–that the hard decisions and real losses all come early. Not true. All along the way we learn that our thoughts are not His (Isaiah 55:8) To call Jesus Lord is as much about the second surrender as the first.