Editor’s Observe: That is an opinion column.
By Michael J. Brooks
One in every of my favourite film quotes is from one of many Indiana Jones sequence. Somebody requested Jones what he meant to do subsequent amidst all of the chaos of his exploits. He replied, “I don’t know. I’m making this up as I am going!”
Nonetheless, the disciples of Jesus didn’t should make issues up. As a substitute, Jesus took time to clarify to them foundational rules as they took his life and teachings and constructed church buildings all through the Mediterranean world (Matthew 16).
Apparently, there was a lot confusion about Jesus’s id within the first century. Some mentioned he was John the Baptist or Jeremiah raised from the lifeless. Others thought he was Elijah who got here to announce the Messiah as Malachi predicted.
However Peter spoke the affirmation that Jesus is the Messiah, the son of the dwelling God. Jesus responded that Peter spoke the reality after which promised that he would construct his church on this reality. The “Pure Phrase” translation renders his promise, “You’re Peter, small rock, however upon this Enormous Rock I’ll construct my church.” Thus, the church goes ahead with the peace of mind that Jesus fulfilled Outdated Testomony prophecy as the approaching Messiah and shares deity with the Father. With out such assurance, our efforts would quantity to feeble makes an attempt, certainly.
Then Jesus promised the keys to the dominion. Christian artwork is replete with photos of Peter holding these keys, and folklore has Peter on the gates of heaven figuring out who is available in since he’s the gatekeeper. Nonetheless, the unique language paints a special image. Jesus mentioned, “You’re Peter (second individual singular), and I offer you (second individual plural) the keys to the dominion.” Jesus gave these keys to his disciples. The promise is repeated in chapter 18 with one other apparent reference to the work of his disciples.
The keys to the dominion signifies that what we do on earth has everlasting significance. We’re not simply making use of our meager human efforts to a time-limited trigger. We’re doing God’s work. It’s going to final ceaselessly.
That is impressed encouragement for a discouraged church.
The Covid pandemic has been a time when all the world has been hampered and hindered, and the church hasn’t been immune from this. Most of us have seen struggling in our congregations, and many people have misplaced good folks as a consequence of Covid. Now we come out of the pandemic weakened however decided to satisfy our fee from the lord of the church.
Christ promised to accomplice with us on this vital work and warranted us that our kingdom labor has a timeless consequence.
Reflection is a weekly devotional column written by Michael J. Brooks, the Siluria Baptist Church pastor in Alabaster, Ala. The church’s web site is siluriabaptist.com.