For it stands in Scripture: See, I lay a stone in Zion, a chosen and honored cornerstone, and the one who believes in him will never be put to shame. So honor will come to you who believe; but for the unbelieving, “The stone that the builders rejected—this one has become the cornerstone,” and “A stone to stumble over, and a rock to trip over.” They stumble because they disobey the word; they were destined for this. But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his possession, so that you may proclaim the praises of the one who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. (1Peter 2:6-10)
Pastor John’s Notes:
Here Peter continues with a stark contrast between those who honor Jesus Christ and those who do not. All of us must face the truth of who Jesus Christ is and decide whether or not we will follow him. Peter quoted from two prophecies regarding Jesus to show how people stumble and trip over Jesus’ teaching whenever they want to disregard him. The reason they stumble is that inwardly they are disobedient to God’s Word. Whenever God speaks or acts, they will resist, and so it is that they stumble over Jesus Christ.
In contrast, those who accept the Word of God come to Jesus Christ and joyfully accept the salvation he offers. These are welcomed into the household of God and made to be God’s people. It is a glorious thing to be part of the kingdom of God!
Lord, let me always be attentive to your Word. Let the joy of being a member of your household blossom within my soul. Let this joy radiate from within me and let me aways praise you for your goodness.