“Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded. Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner” (1 Peter 2:6,7)
To the world, Jesus is non-essential and irrelevant. He is not needed for one to be a better person. In the world’s thinking, bettering one’s self results from one’s own ability to learn from and grow through their life experiences. A man or a woman of the world glories in their own strength and stamina; they pat themselves on the back for what they have discovered on their “journey;” they deem themselves survivors and warriors that deserve the admiration of others. But scripture says: “…Verily every man at his best state is altogether vanity.” (Psalm 39:5)
God knows that all flesh is grass and all the glory of man is as the flower of the field. Jesus is our only hope of glory and goodness. He is our Cornerstone. Without Him every flower fades, every building falls. We do not naturally grow better over time; we grow worse.
To those who have put their trust in Him, Jesus is not despised and rejected, “He is precious” and indispensable. They alone go from glory to glory, growing in the grace and knowledge of Him through whom men must be saved.