Week 7 | Reflection

We will all encounter events that force us to grapple with the nature of our own frailty. Seasons and situations where we are forced to acknowledge the reality of our own lack of control. For just in a moment, our world as we know it can be upended. This leaves us, in our bewilderment, to exclaim the age-old interrogatives: What? When? How? Why?

After the crucifixion, Peter, the disciple that Christ proclaimed “on this rock I will build my church,” denies Christ with a coward’s cry sharper than the thrice-crowing rooster. In this moment, the advancement of Christ’s kingdom appears to come to a screeching halt, with no future in sight. But as we celebrated at Easter, we know that wasn’t the end of the story.

In Scripture, we read story after story where Christ’s Church was threatened. Nonetheless, in Christ’s ministry, resurrection, and continuing work of the Holy Spirit, his Church is established and promises that the people of God will persist until the end when God will make “all things new.”

In moments when we are quick to revisit those questions, may we begin asking, or better yet, remembering—Who. Before Christ made the proclamation to Peter, he asked him the question, “Who do you say that I am?” To which Peter replied,” the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

May we take solace and joy, knowing that in every present and future threat that assails the Church, our security rests in our Savior and his sovereignty. No person or circumstance will prevail against the people who are called by Him.

Justin Hendricks