November 1, 2015
The Living Stone
Continuing our series Hope Is Here, Pastor Andy spoke from 1 Peter 2:1-10. In these verses, Peter weaves together three passages from the Old Testament into a glorious tapestry of explanation of the crucifixion of resurrection of Jesus through the metaphor of a stone – namely, a cornerstone.
On an ancient construction site, the cornerstone was the most important stone in the building, because it was the one that defined the shape and structure of the whole project. It was imperative that the cornerstone be both plumb and square, because otherwise the entire structure would be ruined. But Jesus is more than just the cornerstone of God’s house – he is the Living Stone who was crucified and resurrected.
We also are like living stones, Peter wrote. God is building us into his “spiritual house” – his holy temple. We are God’s temple. And more than that, as we see from Revelation 21 and 22, we are God’s holy city. But even bigger than that, as we see in that same passage, we are the Bride of Christ. God is up to something truly magnificent in our lives as individuals, and our life communally. Each and every one of us is a living stone, being shaped to fit perfectly – integrally – into God’s living temple.