People of the Standing Stone: Holy Tuesday, April 11

 The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone;
the Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes.
Psalm 118:22-23 (NIV)

The Oneida are called the “People of the Standing Stone.”  According to tradition, a large boulder once marked the entrance to their village.

I’m intrigued by how Christians are also “people of the Standing Stone.”  The Old Testament promises that the “stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone.” Jesus of Nazareth came to live and to teach among His people, but the religious and political leaders rejected his words.  They failed to see his true witness of God. Ultimately, their rejection led to his betrayal, his suffering, and his death on the cross.

The marvelous plan of God was to use this rejection for our ultimate good.  We also have rejected God.  We have sinned against Him in our thoughts, words, and actions.  But Jesus paid the price for our rejection, and in his resurrection, we have the promise of a restored relationship now and into eternity.

The apostle Peter says this of us. “As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him—you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house.” (1 Peter 2:4-5)

As the household of God, the entrance to our fellowship is marked by the rock that is Jesus Christ!  As believers in Jesus, it is our privilege to share the risen Christ with those in our world, whatever tribe, nationality, or race.  Jesus is the “standing stone” for all!

Lord Jesus, you are the stone we have rejected.  It is amazingly good news that you did not reject us but instead gave your life for us!  Help us to order our lives around your words and promises. Empower us to share your good news with others. In your name, Amen.

Rev. Mark Schumm
Oneida, Wisconsin