4 And coming to Him as to a living stone which has been rejected by men, but is choice and precious in the sight of God, 5 you also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 6 For this is contained in Scripture:
“Behold, I lay in Zion a choice stone, a precious cornerstone,
And he who believes in Him will not be disappointed.”
7 This precious value, then, is for you who believe; but for those who disbelieve,
“The stone which the builders rejected,
This became the very corner stone,”
8 and, “A stone of stumbling and a rock of offense”;
for they stumble because they are disobedient to the word, and to this doom they were also appointed. 1 Peter 2:4-8
Jesus is the corner stone. He is the foundation on which everything is built. During His earthly ministry He was rejected by men. It was God’s plan from the beginning that He would rejected and go to the cross and through His life pay the penalty that humanity could not pay. Jesus is choice and precious and we who have placed our faith and trust in Jesus are seen as choice and precious in the eyes of our Father. The righteousness of Christ has been applied to our lives.
We are living stones. The Lord is building us into a house for His glory. The Lord does not reside in temples. He lives in the hearts of all those who place their faith and trust in Jesus Christ. We are a holy priesthood. We have the opportunity when we come to Christ to come to the throne of grace with confidence and to pray and intercede for one another. There is so much we have in Christ and the more we draw near and come to know Him, the more we come to know and understand all we have in Him.
Jesus is the chief corner stone and all who place their faith and trust on Him will not be disappointed. A cornerstone when it comes to masonry is the first stone that is laid for the foundation on which all other stones are build upon. Jesus is the sure foundation and all of the church is built upon Him. He is the head of the church and He is an unshakable foundation. We must fix our hearts and minds upon Him alone and He must become our obsession and our only aim.
Those who would reject Jesus Christ will stumble over Him. They will be crushed by Him and in the end they will face destruction. For it is through Christ alone that salvation is found. There is nothing else that can wash our sins away like the blood of Jesus. Many in the world reject having sin in their lives and see no need for God. They don’t believe they even need a savior. The sad truth is that if they go their entire lives this way in the end they will be separated from God for all eternity. It is the reality for all those who would reject the precious gift and sacrifice of Jesus Christ.