Christ the Cornerstone. The rejected stone. Everyone who stumbles over this stone will be broken.
When Jesus told a parable about evil tenant farmers, the Pharisees knew he spoke about them. Jesus knew what was in their hearts and thoughts. He knew they plotted to kill him, and they didn’t like it. Not one bit. In fact, they looked for a way to arrest him immediately.
In this parable, the owner of the vineyard kept sending servants to the tenant farmers to see how things were going. One by one, the tenants beat the owner’s servants.
Finally, the owner sent his only son thinking, surely, they will respect my son and not harm him. Instead of respecting the son, the tenants killed him, too.
In this parable the owner is God. The tenant farmers are Israel. The owner’s servants are the prophets God sent to his people. The owner’s son is Jesus.
As Jesus told this parable, he explained what would happen to the evil tenant farmers. The owner would come and kill them for rejecting and killing his son. Then he would turn the vineyard over to other tenants.
When the people heard this, they said surely the owner wouldn’t do that.
Jesus looked at them and asked, “What, then, does this scripture mean? The stone which the builders rejected as worthless turned out to be the most important of all. Everyone who falls on that stone will be cut to pieces; and if that stone falls on someone, that person will be crushed to dust.” (Luke 20:15-18)
When we, like the Jewish leaders, reject the truth of who Christ is-King of kings, LORD of lords, Messiah, Redeemer, Son of God, Cornerstone-we stumble over the truth. We reject the most important thing of all and are broken to pieces.
When the Pharisees realized Jesus spoke about them as he told this parable, instead of acknowledging the truth, they rejected Christ the Cornerstone. They allowed their stubborn pride to cause them to stumble and fall. As a result, they where shattered and crushed.
To the Jewish leaders, Christ was a stumbling block. He did not come in the manner they expected the Messiah to come.
To the Church, Christ is the Cornerstone. The foundation upon which the Church is built.
At the end time, Christ is the stone that will crush Gentile world dominion as depicted in Nebuchadnezzar’s dream, recorded in the book of Daniel.
Just as the people who heard Jesus’ parable had a choice whether to believe in Christ the Cornerstone or not, we do as well.
We can reject Jesus and be crushed. Or accept him and be save. Our choice.
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For Jesus is the one referred to in the Scriptures, where it says,
‘The stone that you builders rejected
has now become the cornerstone.’
There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved. Acts 4:11-12 (NLT)
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A wonderful post for this Easter season, Sandy. Thank you!
Thanks so much, Kathy.