They Rejected The Stone Because The Cost Was Too High – How About You?

“The stone which the builders rejected
has become the chief cornerstone.
This was the Lord’s doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes.”
Matthew 21:42

The context of this verse is the continuing conversation the Lord was having with the Pharisees. He was telling them outright that they, the builders, will reject the one upon whom all is built, and in fact, this rejected stone will turn out to actually be the cornerstone. They understood what he was saying, yet they continued to reject him because they feared he was going to take over the people. In fact, they were so afraid that they decided in their hearts that they must get rid of him.

vs 45-46:
“Now when the chief priests and Pharisees heard his parables,
they perceived that he was speaking of them.
But when they sought to lay hands on him,
they feared the multitudes, because they took him for a prophet.”

Why were the Pharisees so adamant in their intent to destroy him? Well, for them the stakes were high. Here comes this proselytizer whom the crowds are following, yet for themselves Jesus had only scathing criticism. They feared he was going to take over and they’d lose their positions of honor and glory in the eyes of the people, not to mention the financial support the people brought. The cost was way too high, they had to get rid of him.

Friends, the cost of following Jesus indeed IS high. You might lose everything. I did. You might gain the scorn of family and friends. These Pharisees just couldn’t accept the price so they turned against him, and that is what the world is doing today, they’re banishing all reference to him everywhere.

When one surrenders his life to the Lord Jesus Christ, a whole new story is initiated.

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is A NEW CREATION;
old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
2 Corinthians 5:17

But Jesus demands to be Lord. Lord over all. It’s all or nothing.

“Christ is either Lord of all, or he is not Lord at all.”
~Hudson Taylor

But the alternative is far more dire.

“And whoever falls on this stone will be broken;
but on whomever it falls, it will grind him to powder.”
Matthew 21:44

If you fall upon this stone, you WILL be broken. But the intent of the breaking is to deliver you from yourself. The one thing people don’t realize is that the Lord doesn’t break you because he likes breaking people. He breaks you because he intends to remake you. What you are up to this point is the accumulation of all that has gone into your development as you were influenced by the world, the flesh, and the devil. We live in a FALLEN human nature. And the Lord can’t leave us like this. He LOVES us too much …to leave us as we are.

All people are born into a fallen human nature, made so by our progenitor, Adam. When Adam sinned, when sin entered the world, Satan gained Adam’s authority, so now Satan is the “god of this world.”

“But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing,
whose minds THE GOD OF THIS AGE has blinded…”
2 Corinthians 4:4

That’s WHY Jesus said we MUST be born again. Because we’re born fallen, we MUST be born again. Here is more information on the born-again experience:

What Does ‘Born Again” mean?

Those who will surrender to Jesus Christ will be remade into something beautiful, they will be brought to their highest potential in him. And when they see what he has done in them they will marvel, and they will come to love him above all. But for those who reject him, they will be ground to powder, they will be destroyed.

Make the right choice, for you will live with the choice you make …for all eternity.

 

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