The Rock of Offence

The work of Christ was that the building upon Him as the cornerstone would be a house of worship for both Jew and Gentile.

However as we are fully aware the Jews didn’t want to share the house with the Gentiles. They either wanted Judaism to have a face-lift or definitely 2 houses built. There was no appetite for union. There still isn’t.

But these Old Testament prophecies which Peter quotes from are for both Gentile and Jew.

So the cornerstone which is the foundation for life becomes the falling stone which crushes the future because of offence.

“Now to you who believe, this stone is precious. But to those who do not believe, “The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone,” and, “A stone that causes people to stumble and a rock that makes them fall.” They stumble because they disobey the message—which is also what they were destined for.” (1 Peter 2 v 7-8)

If this letter was written between AD62-64 then within 8 years the Romans had entered the city of Jerusalem, flattened it and then led the religious leaders bound in chains into foreign nations. They came under God’s judgment. The stone had fallen on them just as Jesus had also said (Matthew 21)

It is far better to make Jesus the cornerstone of your life. There is a key place in all our lives.

Is Jesus occupying the place of huge importance? Is he in the decision making part? If he is not Lord then you may stumble over him and worst still you may be crushed by Him.

Be careful what you become offended by.

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