The Fork in the Road (1 Peter 2:6-8)

Eventually, we all must decide what to do with Jesus Christ. We all must kneel before the Lord one day and give account for our lives. The only question is how. You can bow the knee of your heart willingly now in this life, recognizing that Jesus is God and that you need His mercy and grace to pardon your sins. If you truly give your life to Christ, then He becomes the foundation of your whole life. He becomes your cornerstone, more precious to you than all the treasures and pleasures of this world. He will call upon you to change, to give up your sin and follow Him in obedience. He will call you to a life of daily surrender and dying to self that you might live for Him. In return, Jesus will give you eternal life, both now in the joy and peace He gives your spirit, and in the future when He welcomes you into heaven as a faithful servant and adopted son or daughter.

But if you reject Jesus’ claim on your soul, then you will still bow to Him one day, but as one of His countless conquered enemies and rebels. Students often ask what happens to people who have never heard about Jesus. I think based on the urgency of the call to spread the gospel to all the nations that we see in Acts and the New Testament letters, based on the testimony of passages like Romans 1:20 that all people are “without excuse” because they see the Creator from creation and yet will not worship Him, and based on our own observations of the great truth from Romans 3:23 that “all have sinned,” that we know the answer. They perish without the Lord. This is why we as the church must do everything we can to bring the name of Jesus everywhere, “for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).

But even if you disagree with my answer above, the question does not apply to you. As a student at NRCA, you have heard the gospel many times and in many ways. You have heard the gospel in chapels, classroom lessons and discussions, conversations with teachers and classmates, and this blog (check out the first paragraph again!). The question you face as someone who has heard the gospel call is, “What will you do with Jesus who is called the Christ?” To fail to make a decision to follow Him in obedient faith is to make a decision to reject Him. To you who disbelieve and disobey, Jesus will become a “stone of stumbling and a rock of offense.” Without Christ, you will carry the burden of your sin all of your days on this earth. You will learn by experience that “many sorrows shall be to the wicked” (Psalm 32:10). And then you will face judgment before God’s great white throne. Without the blood of Christ covering your sins, without His righteousness to clothe you in robes of white, you will not pass the test. You will be justly judged and condemned to hell.

Consider these sobering words from Jesus: “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it” (Matthew 7:13-14). I beg you, be certain that you are on the narrow road that leads to life. It’s worth it now and for all eternity. Pick up your cross and follow Christ today!

The Text (1 Peter 2:6-8)

6 Therefore it is also contained in the Scripture,

“Behold, I lay in Zion

A chief cornerstone, elect, precious,

And he who believes on Him will by no means be put to shame.”

7 Therefore, to you who believe, He is precious; but to those who are disobedient,

“The stone which the builders rejected

Has become the chief cornerstone,”

8 and

“A stone of stumbling

And a rock of offense.”

They stumble, being disobedient to the word, to which they also were appointed.

Background and Observations

• The Bible often treats unbelief and disobedience as synonyms. To disbelieve God and His Word is to disobey His command to turn from our sins and trust in Him.

• Jesus Christ was rejected by the Jewish nation as a whole, though some Jews did accept Him as the Messiah and they became the first Christians. Peter’s point can be applied to all groups and individuals who have rejected Christ throughout the past 2,000 years. Christ is either the cornerstone or key building block upon which your whole life is built, or else He is the rock that causes you to trip and fall spiritually and miss the salvation that God offers you. Jesus is the great fork in the road to eternity.

Questions to Think About

1. What obstacles did you face in first trying to come to Christ for salvation? What obstacles are you facing now in trying to continue to walk with Him in obedient faith?

2. What reasons have you heard lost friends or family give for not wanting to accept Christ?

3. Is Jesus Christ your cornerstone? Is He the rock upon which your life is being built? How do you know?

In Christ,

Mr. Reel

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