As Mark moves the story of Jesus forward to a time of rejection, arrest and death, he describes the progress of the disciples in understanding the full impact of Jesus’ Messianic mission. They have always expected that God’s King would come bringing heavenly authority to right the wrongs that have permeated Israel for centuries. Now, validated by miracle, Jesus appears to be that One. But just as they have rightly determined His identity, Jesus springs on them the plan that Messiah must die to accomplish His mission. This sends shock waves through these men. How can this be? This doesn’t fit any of our categories! Messiah is to come and lead Israel to triumph! Peter as spokesman determines to rid Jesus of this preposterous notion, but instead becomes forever an example of the tragedy of obscured vision. He simply cannot see the truth of God because his eyes are clouded by a human agenda.