The Chief Corner Stone
But Jesus looked at them and said, “What then is this that is written:
‘THE STONE WHICH THE BUILDERS REJECTED,
THIS BECAME THE CHIEF CORNER STONE’?
Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces; but on whomever it falls, it will scatter him like dust.” (Luke 20:17-18)
It is impossible to come to the Lord Jesus Christ and live in unrepentant sin. He will break you to pieces. It is better to be broken now than to die the eternal death in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone. A person cannot live an unrighteous lifestyle and inherit the kingdom of God. A person cannot come to Jesus and continue to live in unrighteousness. Coming to Jesus will break you to pieces, causing you to repent from sin. To continue in unrepentant sin is to reject the chief corner stone. You can live in this way for a season but a day and hour is coming in which the stone will fall on you and scatter you like dust.
All of the parables in Luke 20 are about one subject: Who did Jesus believe himself to be? Jesus did not say to the scribes and Pharisees, in a frank manner, “I am the Christ, the Son of God,” but he did say what he believed about himself in these parables. Lastly, he showed that the Christ is not David’s son but is in fact David’s Lord. (Luke 20:41-43)
Jesus cannot be written off simply as a good teacher or a charismatic leader. If the man Jesus is who he believed himself to be, then there is no response expectable but to repent and believe. To reject the rule of God in your life always ends in death but there is eternal life for all who repent and follow Jesus as Lord and Savior.