Devotion: Monday, April 8, 2019
Welcome to “Word from The Center” MONDAY, a devotional word from the Center of our faith, Jesus Christ, with reflections from His Word. I’m Gregory Seltz. Today’s reading is from Luke 20:17-18, where Jesus says,
What then is this that is written: “THE STONE WHICH THE BUILDERS REJECTED, THIS BECAME THE CHIEF CORNERSTONE?” Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces; but on whomever it falls, it will scatter him like dust.
THINGS AREN’T ALWAYS AS THEY SEEM!
Things aren’t always as they seem. There are many reasons for that. Often, we don’t have all the information. We think we see the fullness of an event or understand the completeness of an issue, and we don’t. Why? Because we don’t have all the facts. But sometimes things aren’t as they seem because we refuse to see what is standing clearly before us. That’s what’s going on in the text for today.
Jesus Christ was the fulfillment of all the Messianic prophecies in the Bible. Truly, He is the fulfillment of all the needs and hopes of a sinful humanity too, if we would only see Him as He is. You’d think that religious people would see that for sure. But back then, as today, people who trust in their own works, even religious people, fail to see God’s provision for their life and salvation even when it is standing right in front of them.
When Jesus uses the image of the cornerstone, He’s saying exactly who He is. He is the most vital part, the essential part, of God’s saving action for the world. It doesn’t matter whether religious people, or powerful people, or any people of “significance” admit it or not. The Pharisees, the religious leaders of that day, were irritated that Jesus would claim that significance for their lives. Who does He think He is? Doesn’t He know who they are? Yes, He does. And He knows exactly who He is. But it’s not about whether or not Jesus knows who He is or whether or not He properly respects their position in society. The point is that their rejection doesn’t affect God’s power to save, and it doesn’t affect the fact that Jesus is the Cornerstone of our life and salvation. But it’s also vital to realize that our rejection of Him, no matter who we are from society’s point of view, leaves us powerless to be reconciled to God, without the life and salvation we need now and forever.
Jesus is the key element, the Cornerstone for our lives, the only One who can and does hold us together. Don’t let His offer to be the Cornerstone of your life devolve into a discussion of what happens if you reject Him or don’t take Him seriously. Why not begin to live in the joy that He is that, and He is that for you. Focus your attention on His work and His words in the Bible. See what He is doing for you as He journeys to the cross to accomplish your forgiveness and salvation. Trust also in what He calls you to do in response. That’s not just a solid foundation for your life, that’s “Cornerstone strength” to live your life abundantly IN HIM now and forever.
PRAYER: Dear Lord Jesus, help us to take your Word seriously in our lives. Don’t let anything detract us from seeing our relationship with you as the most important thing in life each day. AMEN.