Saturday, December 15, 2012

The stone...has become the Cornerstone

1 Peter 2:5-9

English Standard Version (ESV)
you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For it stands in Scripture:
“Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone,
    a cornerstone chosen and precious,
and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.”
So the honor is for you who believe, but for those who do not believe,
“The stone that the builders rejected
    has become the cornerstone,”
“A stone of stumbling,
    and a rock of offense.”
They stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do.
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.

We made stones this summer.  As you can see by looking closely below, they don't always come out of the mold perfectly!  Sometimes they break, they are imperfect. Perhaps those broken stones would have been rejected by some.  After all, there were those that came out of the molds perfectly!  Why keep those others around?  Instead, we repaired, we painted, we made beautiful all of the stones, even those with injuries.  The girls took pride in their creations.

Jesus was rejected, put to shame...yet He did not succumb to those voices.  Instead, he literally rose above it all.  He is our cornerstone, our light, our life.  When we ourselves are rejected, we do not have to accept that verdict. We can choose to make our lives a spiritual cornerstone to a house (life) dedicated to doing God's will.