“Have you not even read this Scripture: ‘The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone.” – Mark 12:10 NKJV
Today, read Mark 11:12-12:12. Jesus explains why the fig tree withered and tells a parable about a vineyard. Both of these illustrations share the story of rejection God has felt through the centuries.
Israel continually rejected her own prophets, yet the Jews are still God’s chosen. The Jewish religious leaders rejected Jesus, yet some of the common people believed in Him as Messiah. Now, if we think God is done with the Jewish people, Paul clears that up in Romans chapters nine through eleven.
Jesus is who the Jews have been waiting for; He is their Messiah and the fulfillment of the temple and its sacrifices. For our sake, they didn’t see at Jesus’s first coming. But God will ultimately turn His attention back to Israel after the fullness of the Gentiles comes in. This is a beautiful picture of the love and mercy of God. How many times did you ignore Him calling you? How many times did you harden your heart before He removed the heart of stone?
God sent His son so that He could redeem us. While we were still His enemies Jesus died so that we might be reconciled to God. Think about that grace and love today. If you have lost the awe of forgiveness, ask for it to be restored.
Grace and mercy are undeserved, yet God gives it. Take time each day to pray for those you know who don’t know Jesus as Savior and Lord. Ask for that grace and mercy to be realized in their lives. Pray that they would be granted repentance and turn to Jesus.