The idea of Jesus as a cornerstone is found throughout the Scriptures, in both the Old and New Testaments. Here Jesus invokes this idea as he tells a parable.
33 "Listen to another parable. There was a landowner who planted a vineyard, put a fence around it, dug a wine press in it, and built a watchtower. Then he leased it to tenants and went to another country.
34 When the harvest time had come, he sent his slaves to the tenants to collect his produce.
35 But the tenants seized his slaves and beat one, killed another, and stoned another.
36 Again he sent other slaves, more than the first; and they treated them in the same way.
37 Finally he sent his son to them, saying, "They will respect my son.'
38 But when the tenants saw the son, they said to themselves, "This is the heir; come, let us kill him and get his inheritance.'
39 So they seized him, threw him out of the vineyard, and killed him.
40 Now when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?"
41 They said to him, "He will put those wretches to a miserable death, and lease the vineyard to other tenants who will give him the produce at the harvest time."
42 Jesus said to them, "Have you never read in the scriptures: "The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; this was the Lord's doing, and it is amazing in our eyes'?
What does this parable mean to you?
This is an allegory that Jesus is telling about himself. God sent priests and prophets to announce his law and his kingdom, but the people disregarded them. So finally God sent his Son, hoping they would respect and honor him, but they killed him too. Jesus died on the cross at the hands of the religious leaders.
There is judgment for those who reject Jesus. Yet there is blessing and promise for those who accept him. Never forget that God is doing something amazing, unexpected, creative, and beautiful by raising up the One we struck down, by building his entire kingdom on the Stone that the builders rejected… Jesus Christ the Lord.
Merciful God, give me eyes to see your salvation unfolding before me. Don’t let my vision be clouded like that of the scribes and Pharisees who refused to see the true identity of Jesus. Give me big faith to believe that if you can build your kingdom on him, I can let him be the center of my life as well. I pray in his name. Amen.