Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 Rejected Stone Becomes Cornerstone

KEY TEXT: Ps 118:22-24 The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone. This is the Lord's doing; it is marvelous in our eyes. This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.

KEY THOT: In biblical times, a cornerstone is a key structure that joins two walls together at the foundation of the building. The rest of the building is built according to the angle and size of the cornerstone. The psalmist speaks of Jesus Christ as the stone that the builders rejected that has now become the cornerstone of our salvation: “you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord” (Eph 2:19-20). The rejected stone has become our Cornerstone. So, in similar fashion, the church is like Jesus, “a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, 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” (1 Peter 2:4-5).

So what the world rejects, God accepts—and He turns us all into living stones to fit into the spiritual house he is building with Jesus as the Cornerstone and the apostles as its foundation. No believers are redundant in God’s house: it is when we find our place and ministry in the larger Body of Christ that we live fruitful and fulfilled lives. As believers, we don’t find ourselves by actualizing self but find ourselves by losing ourselves into God’s larger purpose of building His holy temple: “Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it” (Matt 10:39). 

While the world tells us to actualize self to find happiness, Jesus tells us to deny self to find true life: "If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it” (Matt 16:24-25). It is only as we are willing to lose our life for sake of Christ that we will find life and meaning.

Father, thank You that Jesus is the Cornerstone and You have called us to find ourselves by losing ourselves in the larger purpose of Your kingdom to build a holy temple of worship to You. May You grant us grace to pursue Your purpose rather than affirm our own. Amen.

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