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 Messiah, the Son of the living God.”
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. And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of death 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 be loosed in heaven.” Then he ordered his disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah.
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, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.
Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. “Never, Lord!” he said. “This shall never happen to you!”
Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.”
I’m like Peter.
One moment, by sheer revelation I know who God is. I know His ways and how He plans to redeem our lives and the world. And then, more often than not, I slipped into the way of the flesh. I lose sight of what that all means and fall into sin. That could happen almost a breath later, after I proclaimed him as the Christ. Just like how it happened to Peter.
The keys of the kingdom is obtained through the way of the cross. Anything else would be deemed the ways of the Devil.
My concerns are usually not Yours Lord. I could be either a boulder that stands as an obstacle to your project or a foundation from which your church is build. As to which rock I become in the end will depend on how I embrace this truth – To lose one’s life so that he may gain it.