Readings for the 12th Sunday after Pentecost

Matthew 16:13-20; Romans 11:33-12:8; Isaiah 51:1-6

As I write this post, we in Nebraska are about an hour away from seeing the sun slowly get covered up by the moon – what a spectacular sight!  We were discussing the solar eclipse in class this morning when one student asked, “What would happen if the eclipse went on forever?” The sobering answer:   calamity, devastation, death.  The sun gives us life!

“Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and look at the earth beneath; for the heavens vanish like smoke, the earth will wear out like a garment, and they who dwell in it will die in like manner; but my salvation will be forever, and my righteousness will never be dismayed.”  (Isaiah 51:6)

I think many of us, in looking up and seeing the sun blotted out – if only for a couple minutes – will  feel (among many other things) incredibly small and fragile. The sight will be an awesome and humbling reminder of our place in Creation. “Oh the depths of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God!”  (Romans 11:33)

Yet, like Peter we are also blessed beyond measure! We know the God who made this grand Creation and still rules over it, and we know His anointed Son and Savior, Jesus Christ. This present Creation, for all its splendor and beauty will soon pass away. But the life and salvation given to us in Christ is indestructible. Even the very gates of hell shall not prevail against it. The Son of God gives us Life! (Matthew 16:18)