Unlimited: The Cornerstone
Mar 1, 2021 1434
“What then will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come and kill those tenants and give the vineyard to others. Haven’t you read this passage of Scripture: “‘The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; the Lord has done this, and it is marvellous in our eyes’?”Then the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders looked for a way to arrest him because they knew he had spoken the parable against them. But they were afraid of the crowd; so, they left him and went away (Mark 12:9–12, NIV).
Jesus told the religious authorities in Jerusalem a parable about the owner of a vineyard who repeatedly sends his servants to collect some of the harvest from his land. But they killed them, and then when the king sent his own beloved son, they killed him too.
Here, Jesus comes to the pointy end of his story.
Jesus told a parable about the insanity of humanity, and particularly about the insanity of false religion. The workers in the vineyard, who enjoy all its benefits, have just killed the owner’s son, thinking that in this way, they could have the vineyard for themselves.
To drive home the lesson, Jesus then quotes a passage from Psalms about a block of stone that had been rejected by the builders, but which God had turned into the cornerstone of the building.
Jesus spoke in the temple courts, and the magnificent temple loomed above them. Every building had a cornerstone, at the top of the main arch, which supported the weight and held it all together. Everyone who heard Jesus got the point.
Jesus was saying that he was the stone that held everything else together. The Cornerstone. Yes, they could reject him, but he was the beloved Son, the one whom God had chosen.
Here, Jesus calls himself the cornerstone. The cornerstone was the central stone that took the weight of the whole building.
– Eliezer Gonzalez
Eli’s Reflection: It’s easy to be crushed by life. Jesus wanted to take the weight of life off the shoulders of the Jewish people and onto his. And that’s what he wants to do for you as well. Will you let him? What weight do you to lay at the feet of The Cornerstone?