1 Peter 2:4–8 (ESV)
A Living Stone and a Holy People (Part 2)
4 As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, 5 you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices
acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 6 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.”
7 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,”
“A stone of stumbling,
and a rock of offense.”
They stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do.
We read in today’s reading about Christ being the cornerstone, the stone that was rejected by the jews. The cornerstone is the first stone that was laid in building a building and it determines the direction of the building and
the direction of the walls. A cornerstone has to be cut straight or your walls will not be square. Buildings were built with dirt floors, so there was not a concrete foundation that we have today. The cornerstone was the foundational to the building. Jesus
is foundational to our faith. Our whole life is built on Jesus Christ, yet the children of Israel rejected Jesus as their cornerstone. Their foundation is not Jesus.
I pray: O Lord, you are our foundation. We build our faith on your Word. Let your Word alone guide, shape, and protect us. Amen.