A Rock of Offense…not a pebble of political correctness: Jesus, the only way to the Father

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And coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected by men, but choice and precious in the sight of God, you also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For this is contained in Scripture: “Behold I lay in Zion a choice stone, a precious corner stone, and he who believes in Him shall not be disappointed.” This precious value, then, is for you who believe. But for those who disbelieve, “The stone which the builders rejected, this became the very corner stone,” and, “A stone of stumbling and a rock of offense”; for they stumble because they are disobedient to the word, and to this doom they were also appointed.

1 Peter 2:4-8

Jesus, although rejected by humans in their reasoning and rebellion is indeed choice,valuable and precious in the sight of the Father. He is what God provided to us as a Living stone, our Rock, Fortress and Foundation. It is by Jesus this Living stone that we are being built up as the Body and spiritual house to glorify God. The immeasurable value we have in this Rock is that we who believe in Him shall NEVER be disappointed, we cannot lose, we cannot fail or be ultimately defeated. We can build our lives and families upon the foundation of Jesus Christ and rest assured that no matter what challenges we face in this life..we win!

This is however in grave contrast to the unbeliever. For those who chose not to accept the truth that Jesus is the only way whereby man can be saved, this same Stone has now become a stumbling block. The Gospel will always offend those who are in disobedience to the Lord. Look at our country, our President at the national prayer breakfast this year compared Christianity to Islamic terrorists. This comes from being offended by Truth. We are constantly being told that we must not tell people that they are going to hell if they aren’t saved. It is constantly being pushed upon us that we mustn’t offend the homosexual or the abortionist. Truly what the bible says about the last days bringing about an atmosphere in which people call good evil and evil good has come to pass. So much so, that we are being called intolerant and hatemongers for declaring what is in the Word of God. God’s Word is unchangeable. What He said stands. It stands regardless of how we see the definition of marriage, it stands no matter how our perspective changes on creation and it stands no matter what the law says we have the right to do to unborn children.

The enemy has always fooled himself into believing that his own disbelief could somehow thwart the Purpose and Plan of God through the ages. He really thought that his rejection of God could put him above God. HA! Look at his self deception in this matter when he fell:

For you said to yourself, “I will ascend to heaven and rule the angels.[a] I will take the highest throne. I will preside on the Mount of Assembly far away in the north.* 14 I will climb to the highest heavens and be like the Most High.”

Isaiah 14:13-14

So…it looks like he has a lot of aspirations, however this doesn’t change what God said next…

 “But instead, you will be brought down to the pit of hell, down to its lowest depths”. V.15

Human unbelief does not frustrate or defeat the ultimate purposes of God. If God plans for Jesus to be the chief corner stone, humans can betray him, desert him, deny him, mock him, strike him, spit on him, hit him with rods, crown him with thorns, strip him, crucify him, and bury him—but they cannot stop him from being what God destined him to be, the Living Corner Stone of a great and glorious people.

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