Matthew 16:13-21 NIV
“When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?”
They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”
“But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”
Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by man, but by my Father in heaven. 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. 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 beg loosed in heaven.” Then he warned his disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Christ.
From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.”
This has truly been such a fulfilling and enlightening “Holy Week.” Not only has God enriched my life immensely on this week but He has also enriched the lives of those who are near and dear to me. Truly this year will go down as one of my most treasured and memorable Holy Week’s to date, which takes us to our scripture reference for today.
This particular passage of scripture focuses on the time leading up to the last time of Passover which Jesus would actually be able to celebrate with his twelve Disciples. In fact this would of course be the most memorable week that the Disciples would experience since meeting Jesus and walking closely with Him.
During this time, Jesus is asking the Disciples if they knew who the people thought He was. When He asked the Disciples who they thought He was, Simon Peter then receives a touch from God and is given revelation which could only come from the heart of the Father concerning the identity of Jesus. When this revelation is revealed Jesus replies that the church which we are now a part of will be built upon this very revelation. In addition to learning who Jesus is the Disciples also received the promise of a special set of keys which will help to serve as some of the most important tools that the church and modern day Christians would have access to.
Because these keys are special and unlike any keys we will come in contact with, we have to make sure that we keep them close where they are assessable at all times. How many of you have walked into your home and laid your keys down on a counter or a table and come back later they are no where to be found? It does not say these keys are not valuable to you because they are needed. But once these keys are found, you may find yourself placing them in a secure place where you can easily access them when you need them.
As you continue to reflect during these last few days of this special “Holy Week” may you be reminded of this special set of keys made available to us as a result of Jesus death, burial and resurrection.
Have a beautiful weekend.
Blessings & Love,
Arnita L. Fields
A Scribe of the Lord, a Scribe for the Lord
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Prayer of Salvation
I repent of all of my sins and right now I do confess that Jesus is the Son of God and that He died for the remission of my sins. I believe that Jesus died and was buried and rose again, and is now seated at the right hand of God in Heaven. I receive Him now as Lord of my life and I now commit to serve him for the rest of my days.
It’s in Jesus’ name I do pray, Amen.
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