November 15, 2013

Matthew 16:15-17. “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus answered him, “ are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church.”

Peter held true the testimony of Jesus. He knew who Jesus was, and he was the first to express that truth when Jesus questioned the disciples.

And that, it seems, is the prerequisite for being the people of God, the ecclesia —knowing who Jesus is and not being afraid to say or act on it.

Several years ago, I regularly took communion to a woman dying from lung cancer. On her wall was a painting of Jesus walking on a wooded path toward a sun-filled clearing. When she entered the hospital for the last time, she kept that painting next to her bed.

Her death was not an easy one, especially after she turned down food and water. Yet what held her up was that painting—for in it, Jesus wasn’t alone. There was a young girl beside him, walking hand-in-hand toward the clearing.
“That’s me,” she would say. Safe and sheltered, walking on the path with Jesus.

On this rock, Jesus has built his church. –