“On this rock I will build my church, and death itself will not have any power over it.”
Matthew 16:18 CEV
At one time the Roman Empire was the greatest empire in the world in terms of size and influence, with borders that encompassed most of the known world. Their elaborate governing system was in full operation, and tax money was coming in at a higher rate than ever. Truly the Roman Empire was glorying in its finest hour.
lf the leader of this vast empire, Tiberius Caesar, had looked from his palace in Rome all the way to a distant remote mountain in Galilee, he would have seen twelve men gathered around their humble leader. And had he heard what this leader was saying to these twelve men, he would have laughed out loud. “On this rock I will build my church, and death itself will not have any power over it,” declared Jesus to His small band of followers.
Yet, if Caesar had looked 350 years into the future, he would have been aghast to see his successor, Constantine, naming Christianity as the official state religion. It took less than 400 years for Christianity and the church of Jesus Christ to conquer the great Roman Empire. It is significant to note how a church of only twelve impacted the entire known world in such a short time.
Jesus embraced His Church in a very personal way. He said, “I will build My church.” As we embrace the cause of the local church and personalize it the way Jesus did, we have the ability to impact the world in the same way the disciples did 2000 years ago. Because the power of Christ dwells in us today, we can confidently build His Church with Him.