Thank you, Peter! – Reflection on Matthew 16:13-19
Jesus Christ, my savior, has held out his hand to save me from drowning in sorrow, selfishness, anger, pride, and greed. He even continued to welcome me while I questioned divinity’s existence during a brief period of internal turmoil. I have become deeply in love with God. My relationship with God would not have been possible without the rock of my church community. When I walk through those metaphorical doors, God silently waits to embrace me, rescue me from my sins, nourish me, and confirm that my humanity mingles with divinity. Thank you, Peter!
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Matthew 16:13-19 – Scripture*
Peter’s Declaration about Jesus
13 Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” 14 And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, but others Elijah, and still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” 17 And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father in heaven. 18 And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it. 19 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.”
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