The Stone Which the Builders Rejected, Has Become the Chief Cornerstone; This is the LORD’s Doing, and it is Marvelous in our Eyes.

Gospel Reading for the 13th Sunday after Pentecost

The Lord spoke this parable: “There was a householder who planted a vineyard, and set a hedge around it, and dug a wine press in it, and built a tower, and let it out to tenants, and went into another country.  When the season of fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the tenants, to get his fruit; and the tenants took his servants and beat one, killed another, and stoned another. Again he sent other servants, more than the first; and they did the same to them.  Afterward he sent his son to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’  But when the tenants saw the son, they said to themselves, ‘This is the heir; come, let us kill him and have his inheritance.’  And they took him and cast him out of the vineyard, and killed him.  When therefore the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?”  They said to him, “He will put those wretches to a miserable death, and let out the vineyard to other tenants who will give him the fruits in their seasons.”  Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the Scriptures: ‘The very stone which the builders rejected has become the head of the corner; this was the Lord’s doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes?’” Matthew 21:33-42

“The stone which the builders rejected, this became the chief corner stone; this is the LORD’s doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes.” Psalm 118:22

Scripture calls Jesus by at least 100 different names. Here is just a sampling:

  • Alpha and Omega
  • Beloved Son
  • Bridegroom
  • Chief Shepherd
  • Deliverer
  • Door
  • Head of the Church
  • Horn of Salvation
  • I AM
  • Immanuel
  • King of Glory
  • King of Kings
  • King of Peace
  • King of the Jews
  • Lamb of God
  • Light of the World
  • Living bread
  • Lord God Almighty
  • Only Begotten Son
  • Rabbi
  • Resurrection and the Life
  • True God
  • True Light
  • True Vine
  • Wonderful
  • Word
  • Word of God
  • Word of Life

But he is also called: Our Sure Foundation, Rock and, in today’s Gospel he is called a Stone. The stone is Christ.

Psalm 118:22 became one of the passages most frequently quoted by the early Christian teachers to describe the temporary humiliation and subsequent rejection of Jesus the crucified and risen Messiah. This is how the Apostle Peter refers to Jesus…

“Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, ‘Rulers and elders of the people, if we are on trial today for a benefit done to a sick man, as to how this man has been made well, let it be known to all of you, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead—by this name this man stands here before you in good health. He is the STONE WHICH WAS REJECTED by you, THE BUILDERS, but WHICH BECAME THE VERY CORNER stone. And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men, by which we must be saved.’”

On another occasion the Apostle Peter said these words:

“And coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected by men, but choice and precious in the sight of God, you also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For this is contained in Scripture: ‘BEHOLD I LAY IN ZION A CHOICE STONE, A PRECIOUS CORNER stone, AND HE WHO BELIEVES IN HIM SHALL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.’

Jesus Christ is precious. Jesus Christ is choice. He is the precious corner stone you could build your life on Him. He who believes will not be disappointed.

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