The Rejected Stone
For it stands in Scripture: “Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a cornerstone, chosen and precious, and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.” So the honor is for you who believe but for those who do not believe, “The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone.”
1 Peter 2:6-7 (ESV)
Jesus is offensive to those who have refused to respond to the previous revelations of God given through creation, conscience, and scripture. It is truly remarkable that mankind could be so blind as not to see the beauty of God in all that is around us. Yet, we are reminded daily that Jesus is rejectable. Believers should be overwhelmed with the mercy shown to us in opening our eyes to see his matchless mercy.
What do the spiritually blind see? Because they have believed the lie that God doesn’t have their best interest in mind, they think he wants to suppress them. They look around and see the chaos, and they conclude that God must be either weak or uncaring. They accuse Jesus of being exclusive when he offers salvation to all with faith as the only requirement. They want to keep options open, and they resent Jesus saying he is the only way to the Father. They demand to relate to God on their own merits rather than trusting a mediator. They have some idea of fairness and judge God by their own flimsy standards. In their blindness, they have created a god in their own image, and they demand that Jesus conform. Like the Jews of Jesus’ day, they have devised a religion that allows them to earn favor, and they aren’t willing to worship a Savior who alone deserves the blessings of God.
We don't know who will or who won't receive him when they hear the grand story of redemption. Not everyone will. But we go forth with confident humility knowing that the Holy Spirit works with that story to opens eyes. Many who don’t see today could see tomorrow. We can’t afford to give up and we can’t afford to change or soften the message. Only the gospel in full strength is the power of God unto salvation. We don’t need to adjust it. We just need to proclaim it and practice it. We are so privileged to be given the stewardship of the only message that gives hope of salvation. We didn’t earn the right. We were blind sinners whose eyes were opened by the mercy of God. Now we are ambassadors of God’s kingdom operating with the authority he has given us.
Thousands await our arrival with the message from heaven. Let’s tell them what we have found in Christ.