December 3rd: Jesus is the Rejected Cornerstone

Psalm 118: 21-22

I will give thanks to you
because you have answered me
and have become my salvation.
The stone that the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone.

Though the Messiah will make His appearance to the people with clear manifestations of power and grace, the framers or leaders of the people will reject Him. His Messiahship will not be accepted by the people and they will cast Him out. But in that rejection, as they toss Him aside, He will become the very foundation of the salvation they desperately need.

Jesus came to His own, but His own did not receive Him. He was rejected and refused. The leaders despised Him and put Him to death outside the city as though He were a criminal. But, in that very act, God was subverting their evil rejection to accomplish His holy will. In the crucifixion, Jesus experienced the rejection of “the builders,” but that very act has become the foundation of all our faith.

Take time today consider how God has taken the most evil rebellion of man and has turned in it the pivotal piece of your salvation.

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