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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...

On Your Mark by Dr. George O. Wood


Our Capstone

Haven’t you read this scripture: “The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone; the Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes”? Then they looked for a way to arrest him because they knew he had spoken the parable against them. But they were afraid of the crowd; so they left him and went away. (Mark 12:10-12, NIV)

It’s Tuesday in what we call Passion Week. The events of the day begin in the temple courts (11:27ff.) with a series of questions asked of Jesus by various interest groups. The first question from leadership asked the source of His authority. Jesus responded by (1) asking them if the baptism of John was from God or men; and (2) telling them the story of the vineyard tenants who killed the owner’s servants and finally the owner’s Son.

As a follow-up to the vineyard tenant parable, Jesus then gave the postscript about the rejected stone.

Near the end of every Passover meal, Psalms 113 through 118 were sung — even until today. Most likely these are the Psalms sung later in Passion Week by Jesus and the disciples at the conclusion of what we know as the Lord’s Supper (Mark 14:26), since these songs are integral to the liturgy of the occasion.

Given the fact that the verse Jesus quoted against the religious opposition is from this most familiar part of the Psalms — and next to the very last words sung at a Passover meal conclusion — it’s no wonder Jesus asked incredulously, “Haven’t you read this Scripture?” (cf. Psalm 118:22,23).

Jesus knows He is both the killed Son spoken of in the vineyard tenant parable and the Rejected Stone.

The question now is: Do I know that? Do you know that?

But our Lord knows He is not only the Rejected Stone, He is the Capstone. What is that? It’s the final piece placed at the top of a stone arch. It holds everything together. Jesus is God’s final gift of God’s revelation to us. He completes the Law and the Prophets. He is the One who holds everything in place by the power of His word.

Jesus also knows the verse following verses 22 and 23 of Psalm 118 — a verse we know very well: “This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it” (verse 24).

When Jesus, the Capstone, is in place in our lives, then we too have reason for rejoicing. There can be no ultimate joy so long as He remains the stone not used in the construction of our lives. If we leave Him lying unattended, alone, neglected, then our lives have no completion, no destiny and no fulfillment.

But, put Him in His proper place and our lives — like a stone arch — are works of beauty, function, purpose and fulfillment.

The religious leadership of Jesus’ day made the wrong choice — a choice that culminated the series of wrong choices they had made throughout the three-year-long ministry of Jesus.

They want to kill Him. What is it about those in religious authority that compels them to use force against others? Something is wrong with any faith that forces its way through violence or compulsion.

Jesus always gives us a choice. He appeals to us with love and not coercion. We make the decision whether to treat Him as a rejected stone or as our Capstone!

A prayer of response
Lord Jesus, I want You as the Capstone of my day, every day, all my days. You bring completion to all I am and ever hope to be.

GEORGE O. WOOD is general superintendent of the Assemblies of God.

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