You are coming to Christ, who is the living cornerstone of God’s temple. He was rejected by people, but he was chosen by God for great honor. And you are living stones that God is building into his spiritual temple. What’s more, you are his holy priests. Through the mediation of Jesus Christ, you offer spiritual sacrifices that please God.
As the Scriptures say,
“I am placing a cornerstone in Jerusalem,
chosen for great honor,
and anyone who trusts in him
will never be disgraced.”
Yes, you who trust him recognize the honor God has given him. But for those who reject him,
“The stone that the builders rejected
has now become the cornerstone.”
“He is the stone that makes people stumble,
the rock that makes them fall.”
They stumble because they do not obey God’s word, and so they meet the fate that was planned for them.
1 Peter 2:4-8
Jesus. The cornerstone. The one on whom we are built and by whom we are held up. The stone rejected by the “builders.”
What builders? Who are these builders? Builders of religion? Builders of self-promotion? Those that build in the spirit of Babel so as to make themselves famous?
Does it matter who they are? They are building. They are seeking to construct their own place. This is not theirs to do. They are not invited to build.
How often do I do this? How often am I taking charge of the building? Constructing my own place and purpose?
God is the one building us into his spiritual temple. He is the one placing us as stones, setting us on Jesus, constructing the frame work of our lives and ensuring that we rest on the only sure foundation.
Builders reject Jesus—the only true cornerstone—because they only pretend at building. They, who are we, only play at what we do not understand or have the skill to accomplish. We are not builders. We are being built. Built together, built into Christ.
But it takes great trust in the one true Builder to simply rest in the hands of him who sets us in place, pieces us together, and accomplishes his plan. We are only stones—rocks really—if left alone. We have no value or purpose out on our own. And who ever heard of a simple rock building anything of worth any way?!
We are not meant to build, but be built. Thankfully we are being built on the cornerstone that God has chosen for great honor.