17 August 2020 Bearing the Weight
But Jesus looked into their eyes and said, “Then what does this verse mean: ‘The stone that the builders refused to accept became the cornerstone’?
Jesus had just told a parable about what happens to people who reject him and should expect God’s judgment. The verse he quotes is from Psalm 118 describing the coming Messiah. Now the Messiah is among them quoting this familiar verse to them. Of course, they got angry.
Bible commentators point out that the cornerstone, designated in antiquity, is the stone used at the building’s corner to bear the weight or the stress of the two walls.
The stone a building needs the most so it won’t collapse would NEVER be rejected or thrown out during construction. No responsible, sensible, intelligent builder would ever do that.
1 Corinthians 3:9-11
And you are a house that belongs to God. Like an expert builder I built the foundation of that house. I used the gift that God gave me to do this. Other people are building on that foundation. But everyone should be careful how they build. The foundation that has already been built is Jesus Christ, and no one can build any other foundation.
A life built by following any other way besides The Way cannot withhold the stress and bear the weight of life. Talent, popularity, relationships, and tax returns is not what a Believer should be trusting in and waiting on. Only Jesus can bear the weight of our sins and struggles and make it so we don’t absolutely collapse under stress. Everything else is subject to age, change and the economy, and all sensible builders would reject those stones.
Thank you for knowing exactly what my life should be built on, and that it is your perfect Son, Jesus. Thank you for real security and relief of sin, judgment, death and the minor disasters too. Thank you for never leaving me to my own devices but always showing me how to live by following Jesus, the One who can bear my sin and stress. I love you, and I just can’t thank you enough, and I pray in Jesus’ name, amen.