Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Stumbling Block

1 Peter 2:6-8

6 For in Scripture it says:
“See, I lay a stone in Zion,
a chosen and precious cornerstone,
and the one who trusts in him
will never be put to shame.”
7 Now to you who believe, this stone is precious. But to those who do not believe,
“The stone the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone,”
8 and, A stone that causes people to stumble
and a rock that makes them fall.”
They stumble because they disobey the message—which is also what they were destined for.

As Peter clarifies the suffering the early Christians are going through, he helps them to understand why some reject Jesu and some obey him. Since the cornerstone is the foundational stone upon which all other stones are laid, when one rejects Jesus it is stumbling block rather than a building block. So someone might ask the question why would anyone reject Jesus as the cornerstone. Here are some possible reasons:

1. Jesus is a stumbling block because people would rather build their own houses with their own cornerstones. To submit to Jesus being the cornerstone, is to say God is the ultimate architect.

2. Jesus is the stumbling block because some people would argue there are other people who could be the cornerstone. Jesus doesn't have to be the cornerstone. Jesus says I am way, the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father except through me. John 14:6. If Jesus is telling the truth here he is saying I am the only cornerstone in which God is building His house.

3. God sent Jesus to be the cornerstone. To accept and obey the message is to obey God. To reject the cornerstone is to reject God's plan of mercy and redemption.

The question today is what are building your life on? Where or who is your foundation that you will trust in for everything else you will be building in your life? When people don't check their foundation the results can be disastrous. Or you can live your life knowing that your house is built on solid rock that will never fail.

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