Human reason cannot consider Jesus to be any more than a prophet – the forerunner of the
Messiah at best. But Peter, on behalf of the other disciples, confesses, “You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God.” On this bedrock confession the entire church of God is built. We who are built upon Christ have overcome the dark powers of death. Jesus gave all Christians the authority to proclaim the freedom to penitent sinners. Likewise, Christ’s voice is heard through us when we withhold forgiveness from those who proudly insist on their life of sin.
Sermon text: Matthew 16:13-20
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