The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone; the Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes.
Here Jesus applies a quote from Psalm 118 to Himself. The religious leaders have already rejected Him! Soon they will persuade the people to do the same.
According to tradition, during the building of Solomon’s temple, a large perfectly cut stone was sent up from the quarry. However, the builders could find no place to use it.
It was a huge stone and in the way, so they rolled it off the temple mount down into the Kidron Valley.
Later, when it was time to hoist a cornerstone into place, the builders sent word to the quarry for it. You guessed it! The masons informed them it had already been delivered!
Then someone remembered the stone they had rolled over the cliff. With some difficulty it was retrieved and fit perfectly into place. The rejected stone became the cornerstone!
This is Jesus!
In fact, He knows in a few days God’s chosen people will find no use for Him. Demand His death. And when He is driven out of the city His rejection will be complete.
But He also knows this will not be the end. He will be resurrected, accepted, and become the perfect foundation for God’s new temple, the church!
We see it now. It all fits! He is the cornerstone upon whom we build our lives!
I will give you thanks, for you answered me; you have become my salvation. (Psalm 118:21)