Yesterday, I received a call from my publisher. The representative asked the usual question: “How is the book going?” But the phone call came at a time when I was focused on a more important question.
I recalled a trip to Israel, and the day our team hiked to Caesarea Philippi. It was a lovely place; along the Upper Jordan River. The air was cooler, flowers bloomed, and we were all excited about the trip. But when we arrived at our destination, I understood this was the place Jesus asked his disciples a most important question: “Who do you say I am?” (Matthew 16:15)
Historical accounts tell us, Jesus took them to that place of idolatry and pagan rituals. The temple was built next to a large cave, called the “Gate of Hades”. But Jesus proclaimed: “upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.” (v. 18)
I wonder if the site of so much evil tore at Jesus’ mortal soul. And yet, he had a job to do. It was time to test the disciples. After three years of training,it was time for their final exam. And at that moment, Peter received revelation knowledge: “You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God.” (Matt.16:16)
In this busy, troubled world, we all have questions about the meaning of life. I began asking questions about death at a very young age. When my parents failed to have the answers, God did not leave me alone in the darkness. So, please don’t give up! No matter where you live, no matter what distractions the world may offer, there is an eternal truth. I pray you will open your heart, and take time to find the answers.
Until next time, dear friend…Be blessed, Donna