As we celebrate the resurrection of Christ at this time of the year, we consider a prophetic description of this event that was originally given in Psalm 118:22 and was then used by Peter in a sermon during the early days of the church. We see three things about Jesus from this passage:

  • First, He is the Stone that was rejected by the builders: He was condemned by the leaders of Israel and put to death on the cross. In God’s purposes, it was for the sins of His people that the sinless Savior died, enduring the hell they deserved.
  • Second, He is also the One who became the chief cornerstone: God raised Him from the dead and made Him the foundation of the church - showing that His sacrifice was accepted as full payment for the sins of His people.
  • Finally, in doing this, He has become the only way of salvation: ‘And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.’ (Acts 4:12).

We are all urged to turn from our sins and know this Savior, and the new life that is in Him alone, for ourselves. Those who do this will never be disappointed!

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Shaun Bryant

Shaun has been Pastor at Grace Church in Modesto since late 1993. His journey to the fellowship took him through churches of various persuasions, during which time he became convinced of a call to the ministry and also of a Reformed view of the Scriptures. Shaun completed his studies for the ministry at Westminster Seminary in California. He is married with 3 children.

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