This French symbol reminds me of Peter. In the Gospels, we find him declaring Jesus as messiah and being praised by Christ, and metaphorically given the Keys of the Kingdom. Almost immediately he declared that he will never allow Christ to be crucified, and Christ calls him the devil, the serpent.
I am like that, one minute I worship Christ, and the next I’m seeking the things of the world. Aren’t we all like that sometimes?
Paul talks about the same thing. In Romans 7, he talks about the struggle with carnal nature and declares that he is hopeless. In Romans 8, he says Christ is his only hope for rescue. Peter also declares Christ is our only hope to conquer sin. In 1 Peter 4:1-2, he tells us to put on the mind of Christ – to arm ourselves with that same mind – for he who suffered in the flesh has overcome sin.
Only Christ can rescue us from sin: scilicet is superis labor est …. A care well worthy of the labor of God.