Matthew 16:18 – I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this

rock I will build My church.

Jesus came to build His church. He did not come to start a church, but
to build a church. Building requires a sure footing on which a
foundation can be laid. Once the foundation is laid, then the building
can begin. As Jesus is talking with His disciples in Matthew 16, He
asks them what the general consensus is among the people about His
identity. He then got more specific with them and asked, “Who do you
say that I am?” Peter boldly states, “You are the Christ, the Son of
the living God.” Upon Peter’s statement, Jesus goes on to tell His
disciples that “upon this rock I will build My church.” What rock? The
eternal truth that Peter had stated!

The name Christ means, “The Anointed One” or “Messiah.” He is not only
“God’s “Anointed One,” but the living Son of God. The Christian Faith
is rooted in this eternal truth. If any does not believe this, they
are not Christian. Jesus gave up His human life on the cross, in order
to build a “new building” from His resurrected life. His whole spirit,
soul, and body were raised from the dead on the third day by the power
of the Holy Spirit.

“You are no longer strangers and aliens, but follow-citizens with the
saints, and are of God’s household, having been built on the
foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being
the corner stone, in whom the whole building, being fitted together,
is growing into a holy temple in the Lord in whom you also are being
built together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit” (Ephesians
2:19-22).

Jesus the Rock, Jesus the Builder, Jesus who laid the foundation in
both His Apostles and Prophets is building by using people as the
stones of His church building. “Coming to Him as to a living stone
which has been rejected by men, but is choice and precious in the
sight of God, you also, as living stones, are being built up as a
spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual
sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 2:4-6).
The Church is not mortar or brick. The Church is not an ecclesiastical
system. The Church is a people made alive by the Holy Spirit. The
Church is not “static,” but “dynamic” in its spiritual core. In other
words, The Church is alive on earth. Another metaphor which Jesus used
in John 15 is that we are branches which are attached to Him, a
fruit-bearing Vine. Today, celebrate your life in Christ as a living
stone and a fruit-bearing branch for His glory!

Father, I thank You for raising me up from the dead in Christ. Thank
You for the breath of Your Holy Spirit who causes me to be a living
stone in the building You are building in the earth by Your Son Jesus,
the Christ. Cause me to be a dynamic force for Your glory in my sphere
of influence.