“The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone. This is the Lord’s doing; it is marvelous in our eyes. This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”
In the parable of the tenants, the owner of a vineyard leases his property to others and travels abroad.
Whilst away, he sent his servants to collect his share of the fruit from the land, but the tenants beat his servants and killed them. Finally, he sent his son to collect the fruit, thinking, “They will respect my son” (Mark 12:6). But he is wrong. They kill his son too.
Jesus explained what the parable meant by quoting Psalm 118, “Have you not read this Scripture: ‘This stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; this was the Lord’s doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes’?” (Mark 12:10-11, Matthew 21:42).
Explanation…God is the owner of the vineyard. The tenants are us. We were supposed to give Him the fruit of their lives through worship and obedience.
But we rejected His prophets and messengers. Finally, He sent His Son. We rejected Him too…and killed Him.
Jesus however describes His rejection as “the Lord’s doing.” He said it is “marvelous in our eyes” because He defeated death itself. Because God picked Him up from the dead…vindicated Him and made Him the cornerstone through which death was conquered for all of us.
Sometimes when we suffer…that is all that is happening. God is waiting to pick us up and make us the cornerstone…in order that our particular suffering may defeat that same suffering for other people.
Lord, You work everything according to Your good will. Although Christ’s death seemed like defeat, You vindicated Him by raising Him from the dead. Help me to know that even though I may be struggling now…my struggle is not in vain. I too will be raised from the death of my situation and vindicated in the noon day sun. And it will be marvelous in every eye. Amen.