Jesus is “the stone that was rejected by you, the builders; it has become the cornerstone.” (Acts 4:11)
Humans can overlook something that is in plain sight. The Gospels tell us that Jesus’ preaching and teaching annoyed the Jewish authorities – so much so that they were willing to kill him. There can be argument about whether Jesus was killed for religious or political reasons (or some combination) – but his rejection is clear.
This begs the question: why, over two millennia, have millions found Jesus to be ‘the cornerstone’? He lived a life of integrity – he lived his faith in God through care and compassion for those in need. Like the prophets before him, he called those in power to account – is God above all? Pivotally, Jesus showed us what God is like, having an intimate love for each person. Jesus also calls us to be our best selves by building community through being in right relationship with all.
Have a great week!