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The Living Stone and a Chosen People

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1 Peter 2:4-12
As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him—you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For in Scripture it says: “See, I lay a stone in Zion, a chosen and precious cornerstone, and the one who trusts in him will never be put to shame.”

Cornerstone
1. a stone uniting two masonry walls at an intersection. 2. a stone
representing the nominal starting place in the construction of a
monumental building, usually carved with the date and laid with
appropriate ceremonies. 3. something that is essential, indispensable,
or basic 4. the chief foundation on which something is constructed or
developed.

This definition really made me think. When I looked at a picture of a cornerstone, I saw an image that I wanted to create. I saw an image of Jesus Christ with His arms out-stretched in praise to God, and inviting us to His embrace.

I could see a shawl of purple symbolizing the Royal Priesthood draped over his shoulders, cascading down His back over His robe. The shawl was folded in such a way as to visually symbolize the shape of a cornerstone. When we accept the embrace of Jesus Christ into our lives, He connects us, as a living cornerstone to God because it is written “you also, like living stones are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood.” As He brings us into His Word Jesus teaches us how to be obedient to God. I created this collage to illustrate the image that I could see.

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I have read this chapter so many times, yet it had never really come alive, until I looked up the definition of cornerstone. I believe it was the visual image of the cornerstone and the description that truly made me understand the meaning of the word in this scripture.

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“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of His wonderful light.” 1 Peter 2:9

The song for this post is On My Knees.
enchanting cottage said...

This is a great devotional! Your hard work for this devotional truly shows. Thank-you for taking the time to post this today.
God Bless,
Ginger

Blondie's Journal said...

This is truly beautiful, Karen. Defining Cornerstone helps so much to understand the scripture. I love your collage.

xoxo
Jane

Mary said...

A beautiful collage to illustrate the place Christ has in our lives. Thank you so much for creating this for us! Have a wonderful and blessed Sunday!

Mary

Claudia@DipityRoad said...

Touched again.

What a beautiful presentation and thoughtfulness.

♥ Claudia ♥

BoufMom9 said...

What a wonderful way to share the Lord!

Blessings!
~Debi~

http://throughhimallthingsarepossible.blogspot.com/2009/08/spiritual-sundays-will-you-call-him.html

Karen said...

What a wonderful post and a precious revelation. I love your art! I am so glad to find your blog through Spiritual Sunday!

RCUBEs said...

That's beautiful and so true! Thanks be to God, we have a High Priest Who is alive forever.

Vee said...

This was really wonderful, Karen. Your artwork brings it to life even better.

One day, I am going to be able to catch up with all that I have missed here at A Scrapbook... Can't wait either!

Coralie Cederna Johnson said...

This touches my spirit with joy!

Clif said...

Excellent. Great Scripture and message. Thank you.

Charlotte said...

What a wonderful visual aid you made to illustrate this marvelous scripture. Thank you so much for sharing it with us.
Blessings,
charlotte

Kathleen Grace said...

A lovely post Karen. I really like this passage and your art is a wonderful illustration:>)

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Thank you so much, Karen. God's word is divine, always alive and opening our eyes at no matter what time of our lives! Thank you, thank you, thank you for your obedience to God and what talents to create visuals that are stunning to the eye and heart! Bravo! Anita

SmilingSally said...

Thanks for your post.

Denise said...

Such a great devotional.

Renee said...

What a beautiful post, Karen. Thank you for the time you took to create and share the collage with us...your artwork is beautiful too,

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Lovely and inspiring. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful artistic talent and your beautiful thoughts and words. laurie

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