In the previous articles of Sharing the Word, we have noted that the Apostle Peter reveals God’s assessment of His most valued Stone, the Lord Jesus Christ.  This Stone demands either its acceptance or rejection in God’s Plan of redemption.  To those who receive by faith God’s provision of a Savior, He is precious.  To those who reject the Stone as worthy of possessing, it [He] becomes an offense, that which is stumbled over causing the wrath of God to remain of that individual. The Apostle John took up the strain of “either or” when he wrote …“Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God's wrath remains on him” (John 3:36 NIV).  Recall that Peter also viewed man’s attitude or response to the Person of Christ as “either, or.” "Behold I lay in Zion a choice stone, a precious corner stone, and he who believes in Him shall not be disappointed."  This precious value, then, is for you who believe. But for those who disbelieve, “the stone which the builders rejected, this became the very corner stone," and, "a stone of stumbling and a rock of offense" (1 Peter 2:6-8 NASB).  Thus, Jesus’ question to the disciples still has relevance today.  It was a personal question that demanded a personal response for … “He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?"  And Simon Peter answered and said, "Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God" (Matt 16:15-17 NASB).  Had they not left their businesses, even their families to follow Jesus?  There was in His person that which radiated God’s evaluation of the Christ who had come to pay the debt of sinful mankind to a holy God. For those who desired to know Him, He was precious, of highest value.  Others would view that same Person with contempt and ridicule.  The prophet described the attitude of the scorners … “He was despised and forsaken of men, a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and like one from whom men hide their face, He was despised, and we did not esteem Him” (Is 53:3 NASB).  Though this precious, most valued Stone would be rejected by some throughout all generations, it did not deter Christ from going to the Cross and becoming the sacrifice for the sins of mankind.  Isaiah described it with these words … “But the LORD was pleased to crush Him, putting Him to grief; if He would render Himself as a guilt offering, He will see His offspring, He will prolong His days, and the good pleasure of the LORD will prosper in His hand.  As a result of the anguish of His soul, He will see it and be satisfied; By His knowledge the Righteous One, My Servant, will justify the many, as He will bear their iniquities” (Is 53:10-11 NASB).  In this Jesus, valued by the Heavenly Father, the Christian has found One who has promised … “I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you” (Heb 13:5). Paul will write … “For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom 8:37-39).  Furthermore, the believer in Christ is assured of an eternal destiny in heaven, of an eternal inheritance, and a resurrection body.  Throughout the centuries, many have believed on Jesus Christ, the One whom God has placed the highest value. He remains the only Savior.  God’s invitation is to accept the Savior is given to all mankind. The hymn writer, Ira Stanphill, penned these words – “Tho’ millions have come, there’s still room for one—yes, there’s room at the cross for you.”

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