Summary: To show that they rejected JESUS but JESUS became the Founder and Leader of CHRISTians's faith around the world.
Are you rejected because of JESUS?
II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:
To show that they rejected JESUS but JESUS became the Founder and Leader of CHRISTians's faith around the world.
Hebrews 12:2 (Amplified Bible)
12:2 Looking away [from all that will distract] to Jesus, Who is the Leader and the Source of our faith [giving the first incentive for our belief] and is also its Finisher [bringing it to maturity and perfection]. He, for the joy [of obtaining the prize] that was set before Him, endured the cross, despising and ignoring the shame, and is now seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
Luke 20:17-18 (Amplified Bible)
20:17 But [Jesus] looked at them and said, What then is [the meaning of] this that is written: The [very] Stone which the builders rejected has become the chief Stone of the corner [Cornerstone]?
20:18 Everyone who falls on that Stone will be broken [in pieces]; but upon whomever It falls, It will crush him [winnow him and scatter him as dust].
Praise, worship and thank You very much for reminding me that I should not grow weary of rejection because I am like You in this world, and I am blessed.
Romans 15:3 (Amplified Bible)
15:3 For Christ did not please Himself [gave no thought to His own interests]; but, as it is written, The reproaches and abuses of those who reproached and abused you fell on Me.
Luke 6:22 (Amplified Bible)
6:22 Blessed (happy—with life-joy and satisfaction in God’s favor and salvation, apart from your outward condition—and to be envied) are you when people despise (hate) you, and when they exclude and excommunicate you [as disreputable] and revile and denounce you and defame and cast out and spurn your name as evil (wicked) on account of the Son of Man.
The Rejected Chief Cornerstone
A. Author: Luke, the beloved physician
B. Date written: Before 70 A.D.
C. Purpose: To give a connected and orderly narrative of the life of Christ as seen by eye witnesses,—Thompson Chain - Bible Book Outlines
D. To whom written: Addressed to Theophilus, an unknown person. —Thompson Chain - Bible Book Outlines
E. Main Theme: Jesus of Nazareth is the perfect Son of Man who came "to seek and to save that which was lost",—Thompson Chain - Bible Book Outlines
F. Key words: Jesus the Son of Man.—Thompson Chain - Bible Book Outlines
G. Key verse: Luke 1:4 (Amplified Bible)
1:4 [My purpose is] that you may know the full truth and understand with certainty and security against error the accounts (histories) and doctrines of the faith of which you have been informed and in which you have been orally instructed.
VIII. MAIN BODY:
A. The rejected Stone became the Chief Cornerstone.
"20:17 But [Jesus] looked at them and said, What then is [the meaning of] this that is written: The [very] Stone which the builders rejected has become the chief Stone of the corner [Cornerstone]? "
JESUS was just quoting what will happen to Him as the Messiah:
Psalms 118:22 (Amplified Bible)
118:22 The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone.
Isaiah 28:16 (Amplified Bible)
28:16 Therefore thus says the Lord God, Behold, I am laying in Zion for a foundation a Stone, a tested Stone, a precious Cornerstone of sure foundation; he who believes (trusts in, relies on, and adheres to that Stone) will not be ashamed or give way or hasten away [in sudden panic].
Zechariah 3:9 (Amplified Bible)
3:9 For behold, upon the stone which I have set before Joshua, upon that one stone are seven eyes or facets [the all-embracing providence of God and the sevenfold radiations of the Spirit of God]. Behold, I will carve upon it its inscription, says the Lord of hosts, and I will remove the iniquity and guilt of this land in a single day.
and the fulfilment of it..
Luke 19:41-42 (Amplified Bible)
19:41 And as He approached, He saw the city, and He wept [audibly] over it,
19:42 Exclaiming, Would that you had known personally, even at least in this your day, the things that make for peace (for freedom from all the distresses that are experienced as the result of sin and upon which your peace—your security, safety, prosperity, and happiness—depends)! But now they are hidden from your eyes.
Luke 22:61 (Amplified Bible)
22:61 And the Lord turned and looked at Peter. And Peter recalled the Lord’s words, how He had told him, Before the cock crows today, you will deny Me thrice.
JESUS is called Man of Sorrows and rejected by men.
Isaiah 53:3 (Amplified Bible)
53:3 He was despised and rejected and forsaken by men, a Man of sorrows and pains, and acquainted with grief and sickness; and like One from Whom men hide their faces He was despised, and we did not appreciate His worth or have any esteem for Him.