13 When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” 14 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” 16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” 17 Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. 18 And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” 20 Then he ordered his disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah.
During my study with C3 College this year I was able to reflect more fully on Peter and how his identity and future changed through his relationship with Jesus. Jesus moved Peter from a place of shame in His presence to a place of importance and value. Peter’s identity was shaped through Christ giving him the name Cephas (the rock) to let him know that he had significance in Christ. In fact, he became the rock of the church following Pentecost – a fulfilment of this prophecy. Through knowing that Jesus is the son of the living God Peter came to realise his true potential. When we come to know Jesus and let ourselves be open to his revelation we move more and more into our God identity and into that place of significance He has for us to further His kingdom. No matter my human failings I am constantly amazed that God has given me “the keys of the kingdom of heaven”. Such grace!
Thank you Jesus, that no matter the current condition of my heart, you have placed significance and value on my life. Your sacrifice and love for me means I can enter into your kingdom both here on earth and in Heaven. Help me, through your holy spirit, to step into this place of significance. Amen
Written by Meredith O’Neil