‘The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone’ (LK 20.17)
“Jesus is the foundation stone of God’s plan. Though some may reject him, God will make him the centerpiece of his plan. Rejection by the Jewish nation is not the end of the plan. There is no replacing this precious and chosen stone.” — Darrell Bock
Jesus is the centerpiece of God’s plan.
All God’s purposes in the earth begin with Christ, are centered on Christ, and end in Christ. And Christ is the center of all God’s purposes for us as believers as well. Being a Christian isn’t primarily about keeping rules, but being made one with Jesus Christ, delighting in him and knowing his love. It’s Christ living through us. It’s enjoying fellowship with the Father through his Son.
God chose believers in Christ before the foundation of the world. We’re forgiven by the blood of Christ and clothed in the perfect righteousness of Christ. We’re blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ. We’re adopted as sons and daughters through Christ. The Father receives our worship, prayers and works as acceptable and pleasing through the mediation of Christ.
We are being transformed into the likeness of Christ as we put on Christ and walk in Christ. We’re to imitate Christ, pursue Christ, proclaim Christ, hope in Christ, and rest in Christ.
Christ is our Shepherd, our King, our Lord, our Lamb, our Lion, our Wisdom, our Righteousness, our Sanctification, our Deliverer, our Savior, our Great High Priest, and our Hope of glory. Apart from Jesus we can do nothing but through him and his strength we can do all things.
To live is Christ. And to die is gain because death ushers us into the immediate presence of Christ. The hope of our calling is that someday we shall see our Savior face to face as he is in glory and be fully conformed to him. The hope of heaven is unhindered perfect worship and enjoyment Christ, the Lamb of God on the throne – the centerpiece of heaven.
What other glories of Christ would you add?
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