JESUS is the Cornerstone of HIS One True Church. Each of the walls are made up of the True Believers in the Son of God. We are the Living Stones of His One True Church that He Redeemed.
At many of the Churches I have spoken at I frequently meet Christians who react to a Born Again Messianic Jew by exclaiming, “How awesome and special it must be” , they say “I wish I were one of the chosen people!” While I appreciate their love of the Jewish people, I always point out that if you know Jesus, the Bible says you ARE one of God’s chosen people.
Then I might add, just remember that being chosen has its burdens as well as its blessings.
If you’ve seen Fiddler on the Roof, you will remember Tevye the dairy man. Tevye dryly suggested that maybe “for once, just for once God, could you choose someone else”. From Tevye’s perspective, being the chosen people had a high price—persecutions, wanderings and broken dreams—while the benefits of being chosen remained illusive here on earth.
Others have struggled with the concept of “chosen people”. Some have gone so far as to ask, “What makes the Jews think they are so special, that God would choose them over all other people?”
Such questions thinly disguise the resentment that has often boiled up into vehement Anti-Semitism. That resentment provoked a poet to write, “How odd of God to choose the Jews, but not so odd as those who choose the Jewish God and hate the Jews.”
The Jewish people are not God’s only chosen ones. The Hebrew word for chosen, bachar, reflects the more familiar New Testament concept of Election. The Church of Jesus Christ is the ELECT of God (2 Timothy 2:10). If you have received JESUS as your Messiah and Savior, that means that God chose you too !
God keeps HIS PROMISES to both HIS “Chosen Peoples”, Israel and the Church—for HIS Name’s sake. Both of us also experience the same resentment the world feels toward God’s chosen people. All you have to do is tell the average person that Jesus Christ is the only way to have a relationship with God. People will resent you for being narrow-minded, just as they resent my Jewish people for being exclusive.
Israel and the Church both represent the blessing of God’s choosing. Both demonstrate the truth of God’s Love and Faithfulness, His Mercy and His Grace.
Both may experience deep and abiding failure. Both may be resented, hated even persecuted by the world. Yet both are people of Great Destiny with a Hope Filled Future.
That future is secure, not because of the strength or the goodness of those who were chosen, but because of the faithful, loving and all-powerful God who chooses, so that He Himself might receive the GLORY. Jesus is the Cornerstone of our Faith for ETERNITY.