To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious, Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.– 1 Peter 2:4-5
Jesus is the cornerstone of our faith, the only mediator between man and God. It is by and through His redemptive work that we can be reconciled to the Father in Heaven. He is not chosen of man. In fact, He was, and continues to be, rejected by men because they prefer to go their own way (the way of death) and live in their sins by feeding the lusts of their flesh and giving in to the deceiving vices of their hearts.
Although rejected of men, Jesus is precious in the sight of God the Father for many reasons, namely because He is His Only Begotten Son and, as Colossians 1:15 tells us, He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. It is no wonder then that Jesus would hold the most precious and prestigious of positions in the eyes of God Almighty: He laid down His life for the sheep, for His chosen; He always does the will of the Father being obedient unto His own death on the cross!
What is a wonder, an amazement, is that today’s scriptures from 1 Peter make it clear that those that believe on Jesus, confessing Him as Lord and Savior, are looked at by God Almighty in the exact same light, equally, with His Only Begotten Son! We are precious to the Lord; we are become His sons and daughters through the atoning work of Christ! It is in this new relationship with God, having gone from children of darkness who were lost in the world to children of light found in Christ, that our sanctification takes place.
We are being tried and refined by the Lord as He works into us the holy righteousness of His Son through our reading of the Word of God, prayer, and obedience to Him. He is turning us from dead stones (dead in our sins and trespasses) into living stones that find their joy in worshipping and honoring Him. And just like our Lord Jesus was hated of men, so too will we be, enduring persecutions and unjust treatment at the hands of the lost enemies of God.
May we faithfully press on in the face of such treatment knowing that our Master endured the same and claimed the Victory. And knowing that he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved (Mathew 24:13).