To the untrained eye, uncut, rough stones in a quarry are not much to look at. A person who is not a stonecutter, a mason, a builder or architect doesn’t see much except an ugly pile of rocks! But a person who builds with stones sees those rocks differently! He sees what they can become … he may see a beautiful temple from them – a house of worship – a place where God’s presence can be felt and experienced!
That’s the message of 1 Peter 2:4-10 that was a part of my Bible reading today during “Coffee with the Lord”…
Jesus of Nazareth (“can any good thing come from Nazareth?”) was the “CHOSEN AND PRECIOUS CORNERSTONE that God selected to build his “Spiritual temple” around (and upon)! But he was viewed as “a stone of stumbling – a rock of offense” many, and the religious system completely “rejected” Him!
Oh, and us? We, who relate to Him in saving faith, “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! … We are now “a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for His own possession, that we may proclaim the excellencies of Him who called us out of darkness into His marvelous light! Once we were not a people, but now we are God’s people; once we had not received mercy, but now we have received mercy!” (All of this from 1 Peter 2:4-10… and you also need to read 1 Corinthians 1:26-30 … com’on I dare you!)
Ordinary… very ordinary! Many thought of us as just an ugly pile of rocks… But God saw in us a beautiful, holy temple! And His Son, that the world rejected? He’s the cornerstone of it all!