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We Always say “Sir” To The Rock!

For years I had the privilege of growing up in a church whose youth group was filled with yearly adventures to the Boundary Waters, bike trips as simple as to Taylors Falls or as massive & challenging as the circuit route around Lake Superior, and rock climbing and orienteering adventures that could be a one day event to Minnesota’s Interstate Park or for 14 days in the mountains of southern Colorado near Sand Dunes National Park, taking on the Crestone Needles or Blanca Peak, both at over 14,000 feet.

We learned terminology like “taking a screamer”, for the unfortunate climber who loses their foothold but hopefully is being skillfully belayed and anchored safely by a secure strong rope, but still risking their body slapping or sliding injuriously against the face of the mountain—the rock.

“We say SIR to the rock, because the rock don’t move for nobody!” may be poor grammar but it is an apt and sage wisdom that comes from years of climbing and hiking, and an occasional wilderness mishap or experience.

Interestingly, Jesus has a nickname--the “rock, the stone”--and was often regarded as “Lord” (sir) by those who followed and were amazed by Him, who seemed just as immovable in His faith in his Father God as those very two mountains we would spar with and learn from when on those life-changing journeys.

TWO PASSAGES from the Bible I want to share with you.

PSALM 118:22 (Matthew 22:42)—“The STONE which the builders rejected has become the chief corner STONE.”

MATTHEW 16:13-19—“When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” 14 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15 “But what about YOU?” he asked. “Who do YOU say I am?” 16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” 17 Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. 18 And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this ROCK I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.”

Peter (Petros) laid it out clearly that Jesus was the Messiah—the anointed one, the Cristos, the one put in place, set apart, by the LIVING GOD—sanctified, to do a very specific job that nobody else could. And, if possible, it is as if Jesus was momentarily left speechless, stunned by Peter’s proclamation. But immediately, Jesus pronounces Peter “blessed”, not because of the truth that was revealed but that the truth revealed (that of Jesus being the Messiah—the Christ) could only have been revealed to Peter BY GOD—not any teaching or manuscript or learned scholar.

Upon THIS ROCK (petra, not Petros), THIS TRUTH, that Jesus is the Messiah—the Christ, the Son of the Living God, is what Jesus will build His church, and against such truth all of hell will not be able to prevail. Jesus coming as MESSIAH, the anointed one of God, to take away the sins of the world and to usher in the Kingdom of God & the gift of eternal life with God, is UNDENIABLE TRUTH, and no matter Satan’s wiles, schemes or trickery, the TRUTH is the truth and we can rely on it completely.

So in this crazy & mixed up world, filled with so much that is painful & inexplicable, like Jesus posed to His disciples, let us ask each other, “who do YOU say that Jesus is?” Who do YOU represent to the world that He is?

Well, you can stand fast on this truth, that Jesus is the anointed one, the Christ—the Messiah of the world, our Lord, and not only has He come to do something amazing, unmatchable, but indeed He has done more than the world could ever hope for or dream. He has given us TRUTH. He has given us LIGHT. He has given us FORGIVENESS. He has given us LIFE. He has given us a whole new purpose, energy & zeal.

The whole foundation of the church is built upon this truth. So be confident & bold as you step out in your faith and claiming Jesus as your Lord, because upon HIM, YOUR ROCK, you can trust & you can build. Amen.

Pastor Chuck Sorlie

Wise Man and the Foolish Man.

The wise man built his house upon the rock.

The wise man built his house upon the rock.

The wise man built his house upon the rock...And the rains came tumbling down

The rains came down and the floods came up.

The rains came down and the floods came up.

The rains came down and the floods came up...And the house on the rock stood firm.

The foolish man built his house upon the sand.

The foolish man built his house upon the sand.

The foolish man built his house upon the sand...And the rains came tumbling down

The rains came down and the floods came up.

The rains came down and the floods came up.

The rains came down and the floods came up...And the house on the rock stood firm.

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