It’s a turning point in Peter’s life. In an Aha! moment the truth about Jesus finally sinks in - You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God!
This change of heart leads to a turning point in Jesus’ relationship with his students. From this point forward, Jesus talks frankly with them about His impending death and resurrection.
Of course, they don’t comprehend what He means until – in another Aha! moment - Jesus appears to them after His resurrection.
For now, He says - I will build my church.
Google it! Thousands of pages about the church! What is it? How can we identify it?
I still like the explanation contained in the little Sunday School rhyme, complete with hand movements:
Here’s the Church, Here’s the Steeple
Open the doors, See all the People!
The church is people! The ones who’ve had an Aha! moment – Jesus is the Son of God!
This is the Rock Jesus is talking about. A foundation of faith in the heart! The turning point that changes everything!
So the church Jesus is building is neither a building nor a set of teachings! It’s His students!
Later He will tell them, Go make students of all nations, baptizing them…