Matthew 16. 13-19 “13 When Jesus came into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, saying, “Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?” 14 So they said, “Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16 Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
17 Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. 18 And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not [g]prevail against it. 19 And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”
One day I was driving around and I noticed a church marque “The key to heaven was hung on a cross.” WOW! Jesus is our access to The Father and eternal life. Isn’t that what we all desire – eternal life with Jesus and His Father?
If Jesus were to ask you the same question that He asked His disciples (above) – how would you answer? What would be your personal answer? Is Jesus The Son of God? If He is, where does He fit into your daily life? How much do you think about Him? How much do you rely upon Him? These are hard – yet very important questions and only you can answer them for yourself.
Once the disciples accepted that Jesus was The Son of God, their relationship blossomed and grew much more personal. Peter discovered that he had the very keys to God’s kingdom and that God was now personal to him. Paul, once he had come to Jesus, realized that life without Jesus was nothing, but life in Jesus is everything.
Having Jesus in our lives – our personal lives – gives us those same keys to heaven. We have an unobstructed pathway to God and it goes thru Jesus. With Jesus on your side, you have every resource you could ever need to face anything you’ll ever face and come out standing.
Our life in Christ begins with the answer to that question – “Who do you say that I am?” What an incredible privilege to be entrusted, by God, with the keys to heaven. In Christ’s Love, Pastor Frank