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 beloosed in heaven.”
20 Then he ordered his disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah.
Peter loved Jesus, and Peter walked with Jesus. Something incredible happens when we walk with Jesus. We begin to sense His leading, His nudges, His Word, His speaking to our hearts. So many times we expect or look for God to speak to us in ways that are earth-shattering, strange or unnatural. In this instance, God spoke to Peter naturally. It was so normal that Peter didn’t even realize it was the Father who spoke to Him. This shows how walking with Jesus leads His words and His ways to flow through us naturally. We get to walk with Jesus, we get to know Jesus and we get to be His Church. And we must remember, it’s His Church. He is the One who builds His Church. The word Church in this passage, “Ekklesia”, means “called-out group.” We are a group of people called out to follow Jesus. In return, Jesus promises the gates of Hell won’t prevail against us. If we’re honest, sometimes we want to build the Church. We want it to belong to us. But when we walk with Jesus and obey His nudges, we can trust all He will do in and through us. Today, how can you walk more closely with Jesus?