Throughout Israel lie ancient ruins made from layers of rocks. Some stones are huge, some are small—but by placing one atop another, the ancient Jews built structures that still stand today.
Until I went to Israel, I did not understand the spiritual significance of rocks. It’s just a piece of earth that sits there. It seems useless, right? But when I saw the endless stone structures, I realized how lasting a rock is. A rock is eternal, and it’s a beautiful metaphor for God’s kingdom.
In Daniel 2, King Nebuchadnezzar dreamed of nations rising and falling. In the world today, we can also relate to that uncertainty of authority. It might be a manager who is treating you unfairly, our current political and social divide, or the uncertainty of the conflict between Russia and Ukraine. But God’s kingdom is eternal. It will never be overpowered by the world or conquered.
44 “During the reigns of those kings, the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed or conquered. It will crush all these kingdoms into nothingness, and it will stand forever. 45 That is the meaning of the rock cut from the mountain, though not by human hands, that crushed to pieces the statue of iron, bronze, clay, silver, and gold. The great God was showing the king what will happen in the future. The dream is true, and its meaning is certain.”
As a follower of Christ, we have the promise of an eternal kingdom. I think we sometimes forget, neglect, ignore, or deny the impact of what Jesus did for us when he died on the cross. His death allows us to spend eternity with him, and he invites us to participate in the building of his kingdom.
Oregon Campus Pastor Andy Rectenwald had a goal to inspire people to follow Jesus, not just go to church on Sunday but to participate in the eternal kingdom every day of their lives. When you experience real faith in Jesus, he gives you radical hope. This hope is not swayed by the uncertainty of authority. It changes your identity and gives you the boldness to participate in the eternal kingdom.
Now I say to you that you are Peter (which means ‘rock’), and upon this rock I will build my church, and all the powers of hell will not conquer it.
God revealed to Simeon Peter that Jesus is the Messiah. He was called hearer, but then Jesus changed his name to Peter, meaning “a mass of rock detached from the living rock.”
When Daniel interprets King Nebuchadnezzar’s dream, the rock cut from the mountain represents God building his eternal kingdom. Similarly, Peter is the rock cut from Jesus. This new identity, a real faith, gave him radical hope and led him to follow Jesus, no matter the cost. God used Peter to build the church.
I want to remind you that no matter the uncertainty in the world today, God’s kingdom is eternal. I want to invite you to follow Jesus and to participate in this eternal kingdom.
Will you follow Jesus? If you do, how are you participating in his eternal kingdom?
What uncertain authority is impacting you?
What are you doing to experience the real faith that gives radical hope despite the uncertainty?
How does knowing God’s kingdom is eternal give you hope?
Meditate on the promises of God as the eternal rock:
Share your radical hope with someone as you participate in the Hope it Helps campaign, being a light to others
Pray for the uncertain authorities that are impacting you.
Jesus, there are uncertain authorities in the world today, but your kingdom is eternal. I pray for these uncertain authorities, that in your name, Jesus, there would be a way through. You died and resurrected so that I can participate in your eternal kingdom. I pray for the boldness to follow you, to have real faith that gives radical hope. Despite the uncertainty, I know my identity belongs to you. Like Peter, I have been called to participate in your kingdom. I am called to build the church by sharing the radical hope that comes from you. In Jesus’ name, amen.
This post was written by Becca Roberts, a regular contributor to the LivingItOut.
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