The Living Stone

Jack Roeda

READ : 1 Peter 2:4-8

As you come to him, the living Stone . . . you also, like living stones, are being

built into a spiritual house. (vv. 4-5 NIV)

Jesus is the living Stone. In him is the life of the new creation, and by being united
to him we share in that life. This remarkable Stone was rejected by the world, but just as
a lower court’s decision is sometimes overturned by a higher court, so the world’s
decision to dismiss Christ as an imposter and blasphemer was overturned by God on Easter
morning. And on Pentecost, when the church got its tongue, Peter told the world: the one
you crucified, God has made both Lord and Christ (Acts 2:36).

We who come to him not only become living stones ourselves, but we also are being built
into a spiritual house. It’s a most astonishing claim. The community of the faithful
serves as God’s dwelling place. God himself is with us.

Celtic spirituality speaks of thin places, meaning those places where people feel most
strongly connected with God’s presence. The seen and unseen worlds are separated, as it
were, by only a thin veil. For many, such thin places are places of great natural beauty.
I’m thinking we should also look on every congregation as a thin place. Here people will
find God enthroned on the praises of his people and embodied in their love for one
another. Or at least they ought to.


Dear God, may our church be a thin place for the world to know you. Amen.