“As you come to him, a living stone…you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house…” 1 Peter 2:4-5
Throughout the New Testament, Jesus is given many titles:
• the Light of the World (John [8:12])
• the Lamb of God (John [1:29])
• the Son of God (Mark 1:1)
• our Passover Lamb (1 Corinthians 5:7)
• and the Bread of Life (John [6:35])
But the descriptive title Peter mentions in this verse is not one of the more well-known titles of Jesus: “a Living Stone”.
In the Old Testament, and during Jesus’s life, the temple in Jerusalem was central to the life of God’s people. Under Solomon the temple was built in all of its grandeur and glory and under Ezra and Nehemiah the temple was rebuilt after having been destroyed by Babylon. At the temple, the people would gather for annual feasts. Sacrifices would be made in accordance with God’s Word, and the priests would minister through teaching and prayer.
However, when Jesus came, he taught that something far greater than the temple had arrived, (Matthew 12:6). Jesus was referring to himself!
As great and beautiful and important as the temple was, it was merely a pointer to the One whose body was the temple of God (John [2:21]).
And this body is not some lifeless stone that is used to build a physical building. Jesus is alive. He is a living stone. And the true temple of God is now made up of all who trust in Christ.
God, thank you for Jesus—the risen Christ! I am blessed to be a part of the true temple of God, the spiritual household, that is the church. Amen.