When Jesus arrived in the villages of Caesarea Philippi, he asked
his disciples, "What are people saying about who the Son
of Man is?"
They replied, "Some think he is John the Baptizer, some
say Elijah, some Jeremiah or one of the other prophets."
He pressed them, "And how about you? Who do you say I am?"
Simon Peter said, "You're the Christ, the Messiah, the Son
of the living God."
Jesus came back, "God bless you, Simon, son of Jonah! You
didn't get that answer out of books or from teachers. My Father
in heaven, God himself, let you in on this secret of who I really
am. And now I'm going to tell you who you are, really are. You
are Peter, a rock. This is the rock on which I will put together
my church, a church so expansive with energy that not even the
gates of hell will be able to keep it out.
"And that's not all. You will have complete and free access
to God's kingdom, keys to open any and every door: no more barriers
between heaven and earth, earth and heaven. A yes on earth is
yes in heaven. A no on earth is no in heaven."
He swore the disciples to secrecy. He made them promise they
would tell no one that he was the Messiah.
[The Message ]
So, who do people say you are? I hope you are not going to keep
that a secret.
How do you talk about who others are? They, like you, in their
particularity, are the grounding of the church. This is a key
for church renewal. And don't you just love the picture of the
church as expansive with energy rather than in a defensive posture
protecting access to GOD's enterprise of life.
Where do you see GOD at work in the lives of individuals these
days? It is now time to tell that out abroad and not to keep
it to yourself.
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