The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone. This was the Lord’s doing, it is marvelous in our eyes. This is the day the Lord has made, we will rejoice and be glad in it.
It is such a common phrase to Christians, it is a song we teach to children; This is the day, this is the day, that the Lord has made, that the Lord has made. Indeed this is the day that the Lord has made as is every day and we should indeed rejoice in it for if you are a child of God you have great cause for rejoicing. But the Psalmist was writing about a particular day in Psalm 118. Four hundred and fifty years before Jesus walked this earth he was writing about the day that the old system of temple sacrifice was put away and the singular once and for all sacrifice of Jesus Christ was made finally for the sins of all people for all time. On that day, the day Jesus became the final sacrifice, a new temple went into construction and Jesus Himself is the chief cornerstone of that temple.
Mark 14:58 “I will destroy this temple made with hands, and within three days I will build another made without hands.”
This new temple is a living temple and it is still under construction. It is made up the saints, of any and all who call upon the name of the Lord for forgiveness and salvation. It is the body of Christ, it is the church.
1 Peter 2:4-5 Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious, you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
You see the days of shedding the blood of animals to cover the sins of men is past and the blood of one perfect man has obliterated the sins of all. Now the sacrifice is spiritual and it is a sacrifice of the heart.
It is a sacrifice that every stone in this new and eternal temple is expected to make.
Matt 16:24-25 “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.”
This sacrifice is the sacrifice of self-centeredness. It is the killing of the ego and the pride that keeps us from God and from each other. This sacrifice is one of taking our most precious possessions, our time and our autonomy and laying them on the altar and cutting the life out of them.
Romans 12:1-2 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
If I am to do my part and be a stone in this living temple then I must have an attribute of stone. I must be unmovable. I must be steadfast, unshakable, the world cannot alter my position with its subtle influences. I must be solid in the things of the Lord.
“Lord, today I will make my position as a stone in the eternal temple of our God everything You have empowered me to be. I will present my body as living sacrifice and I will follow You and You alone, amen.”