Text: Acts 15:22-35
For the servants of God in every place
That God’s People would live in harmony and peace
THE CHURCH OF THE HOLY SEPULCHRE in Jerusalem is built over where the presumed places of Jesus’ crucifixion and burial, the sites of his cross and his tomb. The church and its environs have been the final stations of the Way of Suffering (Via Dolorosa), a pilgrimage route since the 4th century.
Because of its importance, the Church has been fought over repeatedly over the centuries. At present, five Christian church bodies have shared jurisdiction over the Church, and their priests and deacons constantly patrol the various altars, chapels and holy relics contained inside. Because of their mutual suspicion, they follow one another, try to one-up each other, and regularly break out into fistfights over their respective ministrations within the complex. So fraught is the tension, a Muslim family has had possession of the key to the church, passing this responsibility down through generations.
The Christians simply cannot be trusted to do the right thing with the key.
As the story of the Jerusalem Council concludes, remember how the Spirit led them through this process so that God would be glorified, and the people strengthened in faith. As you go about your day, remember that you are in position to glorify God, that you can strengthen someone in faith—you have the key.
May your day be grace-filled ~ Pr. Dave Brooks