On Christ the solid Rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand; all other ground is sinking sand! What a great old hymn. And how true! Peter knew this fact quite well. He too had failed Christ, but he knew that it was Jesus' foundation alone that was strong enough to support the church.
1 Peter 2:1 Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings, 2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: 3 If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.
Christ the Living Stone
1 Peter 2:4 To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious, 5 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. 6 Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded. 7 Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner, 8 And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed. 9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: 10 Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.
Peter refers to Jesus as the "living stone" who is "precious" or of great worth, rare, and to be desired. Jesus was "chosen of God" to be the firm foundation stone of the church. Here are some other Scripture verses that speak of the strength of this Living Stone.
He is the Smitten Rock to all those who thirst:
In the book of Exodus, Moses struck a rock with his staff and water came forth to the children of Israel (Exodus 17). Paul tells us exactly who this Rock was. 1 Corinthians 10:4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.
He is the Chief Cornerstone to His church:
Ephesians 2:19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God; 20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; 21 In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: 22 In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.
He is a Stumbling Stone to the Jews:
Romans 9:31 But Israel, which followed after the law of righteousness, hath not attained to the law of righteousness. 32 Wherefore? Because they sought it not by faith, but as it were by the works of the law. For they stumbled at that stumblingstone; 33 As it is written, Behold, I lay in Sion a stumblingstone and rock of offence: and whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
He will be the Headstone of the Jews at His Second Coming:
Zechariah 4:5 Then the angel that talked with me answered and said unto me, Knowest thou not what these be? And I said, No, my lord. 6 Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the Lord unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts. 7 Who art thou, O great mountain? before Zerubbabel thou shalt become a plain: and he shall bring forth the headstone thereof with shoutings, crying, Grace, grace unto it. Zechariah prophesied that the day was coming when grace not the works of the Law would save the people.
He is the Smiting Stone cut without hands:
Daniel 2:34 Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces. In Daniel's interpretation of Nebuchadnezzar's dream he saw Jesus as the Stone that broke the Gentile nations to pieces with only the Word of His mouth.
He is the Crushing Stone:
Matthew 21:42 Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord's doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes? 43 Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof. 44 And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.
Jesus is the Rock that was rejected, and IS rejected today by the foolish. Jesus offers the Jews of that day a warning, "the kingdom of God shall be taken from you". This was fulfilled on the day salvation was offered to the Gentile people. Where the Jews failed in "bringing forth fruits" for the kingdom, the Gentiles gladly received the message of grace.
He gives another warning to those who reject Him in verse 44. "Whosoever shall fall" upon his knees in repentance to the Lord shall be "broken" or freed from the bonds of sin. Often we come to Jesus broken in spirit, only to be healed from the sickness of sin. Those who fall upon Him shall find mercy and grace. "But on whomsoever it", the Righteous Stone of judgment, "shall fall" that person shall be utterly destroyed.
Fall upon Him. He is the Living Stone, yet He is kind and merciful to all those who call upon His name. He is waiting to hear from you today.