Red Letter Day 24: The Keys to the Kingdom

2015 Lent Blog

Friday March 13

unnamed(14)“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 warned his disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Christ.”
(Matthew 16:19-20)

These two verses are the continuation of the two from yesterday when Jesus talked about building the church on the confession of faith that Peter made about Jesus. It is ironic that Jesus immediately asked the disciples not to tell others who he really was, the Christ the Son of the living God. Timing is important in all of life and in God’s eternal plans. The day would soon come when they would proclaim in the streets and in every corner of the globe, who Jesus really is. I think it is because Jesus first had to go through with the cross. He was thinking about forgiveness when he said these words because that is what he was empowering the church to share with the world.

Giving someone the keys is a powerful metaphor because it brings access and authority to the one holding the keys. Jesus here is talking about the promise the church is given to share forgiveness with the absolute nature that Jesus has as the Son of the living God. This is one of the incredible blessings I get to share with people who need forgiveness. We all need that from Jesus. So we share that message of good news, the Gospel with all people.

In Christ’s Service,
Pastor Dave

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