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Jesus the Perfect Cornerstone

1 Peter 2.7-8
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,” and “A stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense.” They stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do.

As we continue in our devotional series through 1 Peter, today I will discuss the perfect and living stone Jesus Christ. Peter is making the point that Jesus Christ is the true cornerstone that the Jews rejected as their Messiah even though He was in fact the true Messiah. Growing up I would help my dad build houses, so I have learned a thing or two about the importance of having a square house. The secret to having a square house starts at the foundation; before a builder can begin the process of going up with a house, he must first start with making sure there is one section that is square and plumb. Otherwise the house will be out-of-square, which leads to all sorts of problems down the line for the builder.
So a master builder during Jesus’ day would look for the perfect cornerstone to make sure that the house or building was going to be square and plumb, and if the cornerstone did not fit or meet the requirements it was rejected by the builder. Peter says this stone who is Jesus is for honor for you who believe because Jesus is the true cornerstone. The establishment of the cornerstone likely refers to the resurrection of Jesus. Jesus has been vindicated by God, and now He is the very stone by which the building made up of the people of God takes shape. But to those who do not believe, to those who have rejected Jesus, He ultimately has become a stumbling rock of offense which will result in the judgement of God at the end of days.
Frankly those who have rejected God see Him as offensive. Take our society today for instance as sin continues to abound more and more in our country. The things of God, as well as the people of God, become more offensive because Jesus and His Church stand in direct opposition against sin. I am not suggesting that followers of Christ never sin, but those who refuse to believe in Christ will ultimately stumble over Him. People who stumble and disobey Christ are responsible for their rejection and refusal to trust and obey Him. Peter also points out that God has appointed, yet without Himself being morally responsible for unbelievers’ sin, their refusal to both disobey and stumble over the cornerstone Jesus Christ. They refuse to believe the Word. Peter’s usage of the “Word” here points to the gospel of Jesus Christ, the good news of salvation. Jesus freely gave himself up for a world that was lost and dying headed straight for Hell for all eternity by making a way back to God. Now a person can become a follower of Christ by God’s grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone; an individual can now have new life in Jesus Christ resulting in becoming a child of God for all eternity.
This is the good news of the gospel, friends. I pray today that you would have your eyes opened so you would not stumble over the gospel of Jesus Christ. But rather receive it today so that you can become, as Peter will say in verse 9, a part of a holy nation, a royal priesthood, a people for God’s own possession. I pray that this is already your eternal state or will become true for you today.
In Christ’s Service,
Cody Ragland