Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, but others Elijah, and still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” 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. 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. 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.” Then he sternly ordered the disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah.
In my early thoughts on this passage I’m drawn to the words here about “the keys of the kingdom.” In some traditions these “keys” are those that unlock the shackles of sin, of all wrongdoing and error. How are we released from wrongdoing, and more close to my own thoughts, how do we release others from the ways they have hurt us?
When we hold on to our grudges, who really suffers?
How can we leverage our faith to help us let go and move on?
Rev. Dr. Jeffrey Sartain, Executive Minister