On the Oregon Coast at Cape Perpetua, the Pacific gives visitors quite a show with the moving waters of Thor’s Well. Over the years it is thought that the waves carved out a sea cave where later the roof collapsed. The resulting bowl-shaped hole looks as if it is continually draining and refilling. At high tide the water fills it from the bottom. Then it bubbles or sprays out the top, the cycle repeating itself. This strange phenomenon is also called, “Gate to Hell” although it is not thought to be particularly dangerous.
Today’s verse encourages the believer that despite enemies and opposition, the gate of Hell (Hades, or realm of the dead) will not overcome the Church Jesus has established. That is because Jesus Himself builds it and it is built on the confession of Peter. He avowed that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of the Living God (verse 16). The Church is built on this fundamental truth, the identity of Jesus being its Cornerstone (Acts 4:11).
The Gate to Hell is a busy place with churning water that seems to fill and drain constantly. And there will always be plenty of activity and evil directed at bringing down the Church. Sometimes, I can be discouraged reading of Christians martyred for their faith in Jesus. I can feel dispirited to see very public Christian workers fall into sin. But this wonderful truth reassures me that nothing and no one can thwart God’s plan. The Church is His Bride and He loves her. I am part of that Body and I can be confident that evil will not win.
Thank you Lord, for Your promise of victory!