DayBreaks for 10/02/14 – The Rejected Stone
Jesus quoted the words of the Psalmist: The very stone which the builders rejected has become the head of the corner… (Ps. 118:22) Later, Simon Peter would quote these words to the rulers and the elders in testimony concerning the good news of Christ. (Acts 4:11) Later he would cite those words again in his epistles. (I Pet. 2:7)
There was a legend that was well known in New Testament times that in the building of the temple of Solomon the stones were of the same size and shape. One stone arrived, however, that was different from the others. The builders took one look at it and said, “This will not do,” and sent it rolling down into the valley of Kidron below.
Years passed and the great temple was finally nearing completion, and the builders sent a message to the stone-cutters to quickly send the cornerstone so that the structure might be complete. The cutters replied that they had sent the stone years before. Then someone remembered the one stone that was different than all the rest that somehow did not seem to belong. They realized that they had thrown away the cornerstone. They hurried into the valley to retrieve it. Finally under vines and debris they recovered it and with great effort rolled it up the hill and put it in place so that the great temple would be complete. The stone that had been rejected had become the chief cornerstone.
Jesus, during his lifetime on earth, was rejected and even despised by man. Even today there are many in this world who cast Him aside, deeming Him useless and unnecessary. Today, however, something has changed: He who had been rejected now reigns at the right hand of the Father. And all heaven joins in the rejoicing!
PRAYER: Though most of us would like to think we would never reject You, Lord, the simple fact of the matter is that we do reject You each time we choose to dabble in sin! We are sorry! Forgive us, and let us turn Your rejection into rejoicing! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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