As a child, I did not understand Jesus, God, or church. It was a place our family didn’t go. Mom brought us for awhile. I went with a few friends to youth groups. I enjoyed – but even books and teachers didn’t help at that time.
Family was used to black and white. Concrete. Even a creative can rely on what is seen not what is imagined. I heard it many times….”The Bible is a fairy tale.”
“No eye has seen,
no ear has heard,
no mind has conceived
what God has prepared for those who love him” Isaiah
but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit. 1 Corinthians 2:9-10
At the conference we were engaging our senses, not just intellect. The Sunday services used many wonderful ways to demonstrate how God speaks through His people and even through rocks and oranges. As I continue in Matthew, even more come to life…
When Jesus arrived in the villages of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “What are people saying about who the Son of Man is?”
They replied, “Some think he is John the Baptizer, some say Elijah, some Jeremiah or one of the other prophets.”
He pressed them, “And how about you? Who do you say I am?”
Simon Peter said, “You’re the Christ, the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”
Jesus came back, “God bless you, Simon, son of Jonah! You didn’t get that answer out of books or from teachers. My Father in heaven, God himself, let you in on this secret of who I really am. 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.
“And that’s not all. You will have complete and free access to God’s kingdom, keys to open any and every door: no more barriers between heaven and earth, earth and heaven. A yes on earth is yes in heaven. A no on earth is no in heaven.” Matthew 16:3-19