04-07-2019 Sermon - The Despised Beloved Son

Jesus referred to himself as the stone the builders rejected, but has proven to be the cornerstone. He further talks about this stone as that when people stumble over it they are broken to pieces, and when this stone falls on anyone they are pulverized. From the world's standpoint Jesus was rejected and as he is being led to a criminal's death on the cross he looks rather pathetic. Who would have ever surmised that by his upcoming death, death itself would be defeated? By his death sin, death, and the devil are vanquished. And we have a chance to build our lives, indeed our hope and future on this stone...