10 “The stone which the builders rejected
has become the chief cornerstone.
11 This was the LORD’s doing,
and it is marvellous in our eyes’?”
Mark 12:10-11

In ancient times, a cornerstone or foundation stone was usually the first stone cut and from which all other stones were made according to its measurement. In the same manner, Jesus is our Chief Cornerstone in whom we are chosen together in Him and intricately fitted together by Him to grow together through Him to become together a holy building for Him (cf. Ephesians 2:19-21).

What a glorious revelation!

Any believer who tells you they believe in Jesus, but they don’t need the church is either arrogant or ignorant. Usually, it comes from a place of hurt and rejection because of how other believers have treated or wounded them. They allow their faulty thinking to cloud their understanding of the gospel. Like Jesus’ parable of the builders who rejected the stone, they refuse to give Him His rightful place as their Chief Cornerstone to shape and place them into His Church (Ephesians 2:22). You cannot claim to have a true fellowship with Jesus without any true fellowship with His saints (1 John 1:7).

Consider these words of the Apostle Peter:

4 Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious, 5 you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 6 Therefore it is also contained in the Scripture, “Behold, I lay in Zion, a chief cornerstone, elect, precious, and he who believes on Him will by no means be put to shame.”
1 Peter 2:4-6

Learn from Jesus. Be willing to endure rejection and even gross injustice, but don’t use your hurt to justify your disobedience to what He wants to accomplish in and through you. Keep on believing that God has chosen you in Christ to be connected with other believers—to become a community of living stones, where all of us are shaped in the image of Christ.

© Copyright Richard Tan, 2019.
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