“This Was the Lord’s Doing”
We have read the scriptures, O Lord; we have read about who Jesus is, what Jesus did, and what Jesus reveals about what you require of those who are your people.
We confess that Jesus, who was rejected by many of those who were the most religious people of his day, is the foundation and basis of your will and way for us; we confess furthermore that the fact that you revealed your will and way—indeed, yourself—in one who was despised and rejected by those who should have known better is a most amazing thing.
We confess that we are the religious people of our day and that if we are not careful we will by our attitudes and actions reject the one who was despised and rejected.
Fill us, O God, with the knowledge that the life and way of Jesus were your doing and that, when we receive and follow him to the point that we are willing to be so different, so sacrificial, so gracious, and so loving that we might be despised and rejected, we are on our way to being who you have made and called us to be.
“Jesus said to them, ‘Have you never read in the scriptures:
“The stone that the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone;
this was the Lord’s doing,
and it is amazing in our eyes”?
Therefore I tell you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people that produces the fruits of the kingdom. The one who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; and it will crush anyone on whom it falls.’” (Matthew 21:42-44)