So then Martha, when she heard that Jesus was coming, went to meet Him, but Mary stayed in the house. Martha then said to Jesus, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died. Even now I know that whatever You ask of God, God will give You.” Jesus *said to her, “Your brother will rise from the dead.” Martha *said to Him, “I know that he will rise in the resurrection on the last day.” Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life; the one who believes in Me will live, even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?” She *said to Him, “Yes, Lord; I have come to believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God, and He who comes into the world.”

John 11:20-27

“Upon this rock I will build my Church.”

After Peter’s confession that Jesus was the Christ, he spoke to the apostles about the future of the kingdom on Earth and what the apostolic role, and indeed, Peter’s own role would be.

But Peter’s foundational confession upon which Jesus intended to build his church was not limited to some divine, pope-worthy moment from an important man. The confession existed on its own, and Martha received it and confessed it as well.

This is what “upon this rock” means. We as Christians make that confession and remain faithful to him we are confessing and so we find our foundation as the Church as we continue on in our hope of resurrection.

Ethan Kirl