The Rejected Stone
In Acts chapter 4, Peter and John became arrested
for causing quite a stir by healing a man and teaching about the resurrection
of Jesus Christ from the dead in verses 2 and 3. The next day the Jewish leaders, (the very
ones who had condemned Jesus some months earlier), asked them by what power
were they performing these miracles.
Peter answered, and his answer was an interpretation of Jesus' word
about the rejected stone found in Matthew 21:42. Starting at the end of verse 8 of Acts 4
Peter declares, "Rulers of the
people and elders, if we are being examined today concerning a good deed done
to a cripple, by what means this man has been healed, be it known to you all,
and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth,
whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by Him this man is standing
before you well. This is the stone which
was rejected by you builders, but which has become the head of the corner. And there is salvation in no one else, for
there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be
Notice Peter's interpretation, one point at a time.
Verse 10: The stone is Jesus Christ of Nazareth.
Verse 8: The builders are the rulers of the people
Verse 10: The rejection of the stone was their crucifixion of Jesus.
Verse 10: The elevation of the stone to the head of
the corner was the resurrection of Jesus.
Verse 12: The implication of this new position at
the head is that there is salvation found in no other. This is the same point that Paul made years
later at the Areopagus in
Salvation is in no other. It is not in any human creeds or cleverly
devised fables. It is not found in the
accumulation of material wealth. Choose
this day whom you will serve: Will it be the Living Savior, Jesus Christ? Or will it be mammon?
May the Lord bless you this week!