“The stone that the builders have rejected has become the cornerstone.” – Psalm 118.22
It’s quite logical for me to look at this verse and move right into a brimstone and fire sermon about the rejection of Christ in our hearts, actions and thoughts. I could also expand on the rejection of Christ every time we sin, how His own friends turned against Him, and how unfair His life was. I could then conclude, as many have, that the removal of God from our courts, schools, culture, society and public square is the exact rejection which sentences us as a nation to God’s judgment for rejecting Him.
Recently on November 13, over 150 French civilians were murdered by radical Islamic savages. For those who know me, this infuriates me to the point of taking every out-of-shape pound of me over there to payback what started on 9/11. It’s so easy to be angry at ISIS, the President and the world. Notwithstanding, being mad at myself for being such a “lousy Christian” for rejecting Jesus every single day of my life when I sin. There is so much to be angry about, and many can read that verse and be angry as well, because we all know that it is about the rejection of Jesus.
The stone that the builders have rejected has become the cornerstone. If you read that the way God is revealing it to me, in the wake of all this tragedy, there’s no better news! There is no greater love story to ever be told than this exact story. I rejoice from the depths of my soul that the One whom I reject becomes The One who is my cornerstone, my Savior!
So in this season of Advent, I am choosing, correction, God is allowing me to focus on His love, rather than the pain of this world. Why would I anguish in the brokenness of this world, when His one and only Son came to this world to teach me how to love? Then get slaughtered on my behalf? All the calamity in the world can’t possibly be worse than the fact that Jesus suffered so wretchedly on my behalf, in my stead, because He loves me that much. God loves me that much.
The question begs itself, how then, must I love others? How must I love my enemies? How must I love those who persecute me, my country, my family and my way of life? I know the answer. We all know the answer. And it’s only through the lens of Christ-like love, unattainable as it might be, to love one another as Christ loves us. I wonder what kind of joy we would feel if we strived for that. I can’t even imagine.
As the hymn goes, “How Great is the Love, How Great is the Love, of our Savior!” In this time of advent, let us bask in the rejoicing of the coming of our Savior to this world, to do what we ourselves cannot, and to provide the one and only true hope, salvation and redemption for all those who believe. For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten son, that all whom believe in Him WILL NOT PERISH, but have everlasting life. Yes, we reject him when we sin, but thank God for His love, that we are to be saved. Amen.
~ Chris Brett