Text: Matthew 16 (Genesis 31-32)
There is so much that is rich in Matthew this morning, a familiar text is worthy of reflection. In Matthew 16, Jesus asks His followers who people say He is, and then “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answers, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Jesus blesses Peter, and says (in part),
“…on this rock I will build my church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it.” (Matthew 16:18)
Two ideas. First, the remarkable certainty that the church will be built up. Growth is what we should expect, and the fact of Jesus saying that He will build it brings us confident optimism. Jesus said it, that settles it. The second idea is the reminder that it is the Lord Jesus who does the building. That brings us both warning and comfort. We need to be warned that when the plans of men and the tactics of the world are used to “build” the church, the growth may either not come or be counterfeit. The comfort is that the responsibility that the church be built is on His shoulders, and they are broad and strong. We just follow Him, rest in Him, obey Him and glorify Him, and He will do the heavy lifting.
in Him, Mike