Words from the Heart for Thursday October 24th, 2019
Haven’t you read this passage of Scripture: “The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; the Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes?”
Mark 12:10-11 (NIV)
Dr. Edward Van Cortlandt was one of many remarkable people who shaped Ottawa into the capital it is today. In 1860, he was asked to choose the rock that would become the cornerstone of the new Parliament Buildings in Ottawa. With the endorsement of Dr. Van Cortlandt, a plan was fixed to use the exceptional white marble from across the Ottawa River in Quebec’s Portage du Fort that Van Cortlandt described as “remarkably clean and handsome.” It was that stone that was dedicated by Prince Edward Albert, the Prince of Wales, on September 1, 1860.
Throughout the history of the people of Israel, God had sent judges and prophets to speak on His behalf. Over and over again, these men and women of God were rejected, persecuted and sometimes martyred simply because they spoke the truth that God had put on their hearts. Finally, God stepped into the world in the person of Jesus Christ. He could not, and did not, expect to get any different treatment than those He had sent before. So He tells a parable, within earshot of the religious leaders, and concludes with these words in Mark 12:10-11: “Haven’t you read this passage of Scripture: “‘The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; the Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes’?” Jesus was quoting Psalm 118 and the religious leaders knew that Jesus was speaking directly to them. It was they who were rejecting Him, the cornerstone, and they would continue to do so all the way to Jesus’ mock trial and crucifixion. May we not be guilty of doing the same thing. Is Jesus Christ the cornerstone of your life? If so, you know how marvelous He is.
These have been words from the heart.