Who Are You?

A Living Hope: Week 4

We’re going to be rejected and misunderstood; Jesus was. Especially today as more people reject the Bible and organized religion.

What do we do with it? How did Jesus deal with it? What did Jesus do when He was rejected?

He remembered who He was. He remembered His purpose. He sought the will of His Father. He wept for the people. He prayed for the people. He lived a life that glorified God.

1 Peter 2:4-12

As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by humans 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.” Isaiah 28:16

Now to you who believe, this stone is precious. But to those who do not believe,

“The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone,” Psalm 118:22

and,

“A stone that causes people to stumble and a rock that makes them fall.” Isaiah 8:14

They stumble because they disobey the message—which is also what they were destined for. But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. Dear friends, I urge you, as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from sinful desires, which wage war against your soul. Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.