18 And now I’m going to tell you who you are, really are. You are Peter, a rock. This is the rock on which I will put together my church, a church so expansive with energy that not even the gates of hell will be able to keep it out.
I have had the unique opportunity of visiting the ruins of the ancient city of Geshur (2 Samuel 3:3) I learned there that the “gate” of ancient cities was more like a large room at the entrance to a city. The king would “sit in the gate” to counsel people and sometimes to make plans for war. This may be the meaning behind, “the gates of hell will not prevail against Jesus’ church”. Satan can sit in his gate with his captains and plan all they want on how to destroy the church but none of those plans will ever work. The church will prevail; Jesus will prevail – all eyes on Him! (Ps. Dale).
Thoughts for the day
- What does this passage tell us about Jesus and people?
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- What is one way you can apply this truth to your life today?
- Who can you encourage with this story/message?
Think of someone you know who could use a little joy in their lives and pray for presence of the Lord to rest on them. “In His presence there is fullness of Joy” Psalm 16:11.