19 Open to me the gates of righteousness,
that I may enter through them
and give thanks to the Lord.
20 This is the gate of the Lord;
the righteous shall enter through it.
21 I thank you that you have answered me
and have become my salvation.
22 The stone that the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone.
23 This is the Lord’s doing;
it is marvelous in our eyes.
24 This is the day that the Lord has made;
let us rejoice and be glad in it.
25 Save us, we pray, O Lord!
O Lord, we pray, give us success!
26 Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!
We bless you from the house of the Lord.
27 The Lord is God,
and he has made his light to shine upon us.
Bind the festal sacrifice with cords,
up to the horns of the altar!
28 You are my God, and I will give thanks to you;
you are my God; I will extol you.
29 Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
for his steadfast love endures forever!
The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone. (Psalm 118:22)
The Jewish leaders rejected him. The Roman prefect washed his hands of him. The crowd chose Barabbas instead of him. His closest followers abandoned him. In the end, Jesus was alone.
Not only did the psalmist foresee this, so too did the prophet Isaiah.
“…he had no form or majesty that we should look at him,
and no beauty that we should desire him.
He was despised and rejected by men;
a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief;
and as one from whom men hide their faces
he was despised, and we esteemed him not.” (Isaiah 53:2-3)
It had to be that way. Only Jesus could walk this walk. The journey to and though the cross would be solitary. One and only one could pay for the sins of many.
However, rejection, loneliness and sorrow paved the way for something else. The sacrificial, substitutionary death of Jesus formed a foundation, a cornerstone for something strong, something eternal. He said, “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock.” (Matthew 7:24)
On what foundation do we build our lives? It is the most important question we can ask. There are only two answers: either we build our lives on Jesus, or we don’t.
And the outcome for those who don’t is catastrophic. Jesus said, “… everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.” (Matthew 7:26-27)
Lord Jesus, I choose to build my life on your solid foundation. Amen.