In the book of Matthew, chapter 16, the Lord Jesus Christ asks His disciples, “who do people say that I am,” and a variety of answers are given. And when He says, “who do you say that I am?” Peter replies, “you are the Christ, the Son of the Living God,” and Jesus affirms his answer, saying “you are Peter, and upon this rock, the rock of this confession as to who Christ is, upon this rock I will build my church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”
And then, as you move on into the book of Acts, chapter 2, we see the birth of that church that Jesus said He would build, as the disciples proclaimed his death, burial, and resurrection.
For over 2,000 years, He has been building His church. It is One Body One Blood, His church coming together to remember his death, His burial, His resurrection.
During the Easter season, as we come together, it’s like a snapshot of the work that Christ said He would do to build His church.
I have a good friend, Professor Williams, and it is his observation that when men build something, they quite often step back away from their work and look at it, admiring what it is they have done, enjoying the progress they have made to that point.
When I contemplate the Lord Jesus Christ saying that He would build His church, I can imagine Him on the day when the body of Christ from around the world comes together to celebrate that table, the table of which He said, “do this in remembrance of me,” I can imagine Him stepping back and just watching with an incredible sense of satisfaction, saying “this is what I have built thus far.”
He’s not done, but this is where it’s at and we are going to represent that for Him. I can imagine Him having great pleasure in our sharing His table together. I want to invite you to be a part of that.
I hope you get excited by just what it is and contemplating that Jesus Christ, Himself, will be pleased to see the worship we bring Him, to see the unity we share as brothers and sisters in Christ from around the world, to see that indeed the Church He is building is a Church that continues to move forth and to thrive.
May God bless our time together on April 2nd.