My devotional ruminations this morning: Does Jesus mean the church will be built on Peter, or on Peter’s profession of faith, in the previous verse? What, precisely, is the rock on which the church is built?

Jesus used the rock image earlier in Matthew’s gospel, at the very end of the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 7).

“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock.”

Perhaps the rock on which our lives and our churches are built is the words of Jesus, and the willingness to act upon them.