Life's Greatest Treasure
Posted: Wednesday, March 4
Verse of the day:
Didn’t you ever read this in the Scriptures? ‘The stone that the builders rejected has now become the cornerstone.’” (Mark 12:10)
Have you ever missed out on something great because you didn’t really understand what it was? Case in point: the California gold rush. On the eastern slopes of the Rockies, wagons were having a hard time navigating around a large rock protruding from the trail. One settler had the idea to move it and they rolled it into a nearby stream. Though the stream was too large to jump over, the rock provided a nice land bridge. It was just several years later that one man built a cabin next to the stream and acquisitioned the stone as a doorstop. Years passed, cities sprung up, and the grandson of that cabin builder returned after becoming an expert geologist back east. He noticed the rock and after examining it, discovered that it was the largest pure gold nugget ever found on the eastern slopes of the Rockies. It had been there for three generations but no one understood its value. To some it was a stumbling stone, to others it was a stepping stone, but to the grandson, the one who saw it for what it was, it became his greatest monetary treasure.
Jesus wraps up “The Parable of the Tenants” with this declaration; those evil tenants were going to get their just desserts. To drive His point home, Jesus quotes from Psalm 118:22, 23 – which originally referred to building Solomon’s Temple. The thought is of a stone on the building site that seems to be the wrong size, or the wrong shape, to be used anywhere in this great structure; so the stone is rejected. But in the end this stone turns out to be just the piece they need to hold the whole structure together – the words mean literally ‘the head of the corner’ which can either mean the capstone or the cornerstone. So, a rejected stone becomes the missing piece that holds the whole structure together. Jesus is saying, “This is about the son in my story. This is about me.” And like the son in the story, Jesus suffers rejection and death. But God has made this rejected stone the keystone of His purposes and the crown of His plans.
So the big question is what have you done with Jesus? Have you accepted Him and made Him the foundation of your life or have you rejected Him and cast Him aside thinking He just doesn’t fit in with your plans? I challenge you to trust Jesus. Give Him everything. Let Him have the key place of holding your life together today and every day for in Christ we truly discover life’s greatest treasure.