“The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone…” v. 11
Jesus Christ is coming today! This is no joke. I’m sure of it. He will come today. He may arrive in the next few moments, or later in the day, or as the sun goes down, but he will come today…just like he came yesterday and the day before. He showed up when you least expected it. Did you recognize him or did you send him away ? When he comes today will you see him? Or will you turn away because you thought he was someone else? It happens all the time.
In the parable of the tenants, Jesus tells the religious leaders that they are like evil tenants of a vineyard, who rejected the owner, hoping to have the vineyard for themselves. He was telling them that the messiah they had been praying for was standing among them, but in their fear and greed, and ignorance they would soon reject him. He then quoted a prophetic Psalm, “The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; This is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes.” (Psalm 118:22-3) Jesus showed up and they rejected him. They rejected him for at least a couple of reasons. First, they rejected him because of fear and pride. Jesus was a threat to their sense of power and security. They wanted a messiah who would let them stay in control and rule beside them, not over them. Second, they rejected him out of ignorance. They were so blinded by their own expectations of what a messiah should be that they missed him. If we aren’t careful we can miss the Lord today when he comes for the same reasons. Now let me clarify, I have no idea when Jesus will return in glory end the age. But He will come today in small ways to speak to you, or show you a bit of himself. He comes like that every day. We don’t have a savior who sits around on a throne watching to see how we will perform. He comes along side us and walks us through life. The problem is that sometimes, in order to make us more attentive, he comes in disguise.
This way we only find him if we are seeking him. When Jesus comes today he may come as the slow cashier, the hurt spouse, the obnoxious co worker or maybe the guy with a cardboard sign. When he comes, he will be looking to see if you will reject him or make him the cornerstone. Then one day, when he comes in glory, he will remind you of all the times he showed up, and he will say, “Whenever you did/didn’t do it to the least of these, you did/didn’t do it to me.” (Matthew 25) Remember today that how we treat others is how we treat him. So be on the lookout today, for he will surely come, when you least expect it and in the most surprising ways.