In Order. My Precious

ISAIAH 28-30
JULY 22, 2017 

Isaiah 28.16
Therefore, this is what the Sovereign Lord says:
“Look! I am placing a foundation stone in Jerusalem,
    a firm and tested stone.
It is a precious cornerstone that is safe to build on.
    Whoever believes need never be shaken.

I Peter 2.4-7 
4 And coming to Him as to a living stone which has been rejected by men, but is choice and precious in the sight of God, 5 you also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 6 For this is contained in Scripture:
“Behold, I lay in Zion a choice stone, a precious corner stone,
And he who believes in Him will not be disappointed.”
7 This precious value, then, is for you who believe; but for those who disbelieve,
“The stone which the builders rejected,
This became the very corner stone,”
8 and,
“A stone of stumbling and a rock of offense”;
for they stumble because they are disobedient to the word, and to this doom they were also appointed.

The apostle peter  quotes Isaiah 28:16 saying that if you trust Christ, God's corner stone, you will not be disappointed. This stone will not prove faulty. If you build your life on this stone, your life will not crumble in the storm. If you hide behind this stone, you will be safe. If you stand on the truth of this stone, you will not be ashamed. If you join with others in the spiritual house built on this stone, you will be proud of your foundation and the house you build  will stand. 

"Behold I lay in Zion a choice stone, a precious corner stone, and he who believes in Him shall not be disappointed.”

If you believe on this stone—if you trust him and bank your future on him—then he is precious, because you will never be disappointed in him or ashamed of him. Jesus will never let you down. Others may, but Jesus never.
God says, "You cannot lose. You cannot be disappointed in having done this. You cannot be put to shame." That is great encouragement and gives us great confidence!

If you believe on this stone, you can't lose; if you don’t believe him, you can't win. Human unbelief does not frustrate or defeat the ultimate purposes of God. 

Jesus is the only way to God. He is the only way to live forever. He is the only way we can do anything acceptable to God. This is why verse 7 says that he is precious, costly to us who believe. Yes, infinitely precious. There is no greater value in the universe than Jesus. He means more to us than anything or anybody.

“Lord you are precious to me! This day I choose to build my life on the rock and I know that no matter what happens I will not be disappointed or ashamed. While others choose to stumble on the rock I choose to stand on the rock and be confident that you will take of me and any problem that I face today.”

Sal Sberna

Sal Sberna was Lead Pastor at The MET Church in Houston, Texas for 20 years. He retired on February 2015. He and Kristi Sberna have been married since 1981. They have two children, Salvatore and...more