"Jesus quoted this verse at the end of his parable about the evil tenants (Matthew 21:23-46). His point? That he, Jesus, was the stone the religious leaders had rejected but whom God would make into the cornerstone (capstone) of his church."
Whitney Kuniholm wrote this in his reflection on Psalm 118:22. I am journaling through his book titled The Essential Jesus: 100 Readings Through the Bible's Greatest Story. This is the 20th passage of the 100 that are outlined in this book and the last of the 5 Psalm previews of Jesus that Kuniholm included.
The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; the LORD has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes. (Psalm 118:22-23)Here we have another preview of the Messiah in the Psalms of the Old Testament. A statement about the coming savior that was fulfilled in Christ. Jesus was rejected.
Think about it. I don't care who you are or how old you are, all of us have dealt with rejection in one form or another. Rejected socially, professionally, by enemies, by friends, by loved ones, we have all been there. It is part of this fallen world. Rejection has shaped our personalities and our character in ways many of us would probably not even admit. We have all reacted and dealt with rejection in different ways. No one in this world can escape rejection.
These verses point to what I would call the greatest act of rejection in human history. God sent his Son to earth to redeem humankind, to create a way for all people to enter into a close relationship with Himself, but they rejected him. Led by the leaders of the time and teachers of the Scriptures the people rejected Jesus. Those who God called his people rejected his Son and executed Jesus in the most torturous way. In the very face of this rejection Jesus hung on a cross with the sin of the world on his shoulders, the very sin of those who were rejecting him.
These verses also point to the greatest transformation in history. In Jesus God turned rejection into glory. The rejected One was raised by God to the highest place.
I find profound comfort and encouragement in this transformation of rejection into glory. Our rejection, my rejection, is being transformed into glory, in Christ Jesus. It is marvelous in my eyes. Rejection is being redeemed into glory.
As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by human beings but chosen by God and precious to him— you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. ... Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. (1 Peter 2:4-5, 10)I like the way Eugene H. Peterson put verse 9-10 in his paraphrased version of the Bible.
But you are the ones chosen by God, chosen for the high calling of priestly work, chosen to be a holy people, God's instruments to do his work and speak out for him, to tell others of the night-and-day difference he made for you—from nothing to something, from rejected to accepted. (1 Peter 2:9-10, The Message)Accepted by God.
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Illustration credit: The above illustration was created by JC. Visit her on the web at JC's Coffeehouse. This illustration is from her post titled "Rejection" which was followed up with another post titled "Acceptance". Great illustration blog. Check it out!