Bible Reading Day 23
Day 23 – Matthew 16
Today Jesus is asked for a sign to prove His authority, and the disciples continue to be hard-to-teach!
But despite their persistent misunderstandings and doubts, there is a foundational moment in verses 15 and 16 where Jesus asks “But who do you say that I am?” and Simon Peter replies with the famous declaration “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”
Jesus is clearly pleased with Simon receiving this revelation from the Father, and gives him the new name Peter (“Rocky”). The next phrase has often been mistaken to say that Peter will control who gets into heaven, or that Peter is the foundation of the Church. However, Jesus says “upon this rock,” referring to the revelation that Jesus is the Messiah, rather than “upon you, the rock” meaning Peter. So the Church will be built by Jesus, on the foundation of the revelation that He is the Messiah. “And I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven” – in other words: you have the right, and the ability, to unlock heaven here.
What a privilege to be part of such an exchange! You’d think that Peter would be forever changed by it. But in the very next paragraph, Peter is embroiled in a head-to-head confrontation with Jesus, for seeing things from a human perspective rather than a godly one!
Let’s humbly ask God to help us see things from His perspective, where even losing our lives for His sake is a good idea!
Have a great day.