“Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone,
a cornerstone chosen and precious,
and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.”
7 So the honor is for you who believe, but for those who do not believe,
“The stone that the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone,
“A stone of stumbling,
and a rock of offense.”
They stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do.
9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are God's people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.
11 Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul. 12 Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation.
Dad... The gentle giant. God is good to him.
Resident thief poem... How Parkinson's disease robbed his life.
And now dad is at peace.
It's not the end.
Jesus Christ builds us into something more.
He is building us into his people.
We are a people chosen for an eternal purpose.
We are being built into a living temple for the Lord.
It's all God's doing.
It mattered not what happened to his body. It mattered not his strength. What matters us God's faithfulness to us.
Death doesn't win for those who love Christ. It never can cause it's already been beaten.
So what is our part? To tell others of what God has done for us. That's all God calls us to. To share his mercy in our lives.
Celebrate what God has done.