Sand versus Rock and Stone

Posted on December 2, 2018 by

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All people are called to be saved, but only a few choose to accept the life as a Christian. It is not how it appears to be in most churches where the parishioners are flirting in and out with the world. A true life Christian is a solitary life separated from the world and free from it’s devices. Many profess to be religious, but do not posses the Holy Spirit through saving faith. Not every one who says, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the Kingdom of heaven. God’s will is made clear. And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day.”  John 6:40 NKJV  The Son is the Way, the Door, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the heavenly Father except through Jesus Christ.

We are all “life” builders. As young adults we begin to build a life that suits our needs and desires. And we either build the foundation of our life either on sand or on rock. Jesus said, “Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. “But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.” Matthew 7:24-27 NKJV We start with a good foundation, we build a home based on Christian principles, and we weather the fierce storms of life. Many young millennial’s think they are getting away with a foundation made of sand, only to run into trouble when they reach their thirties, and forties. This is where the majority of us have to start over.

The secret to building a lasting “life” house is a Rock foundation.  The first time the word “rock” is mentioned in the Bible is in Exodus 17:6 NKJV “Behold, I will stand before you there on the rock in Horeb; and you shall strike the rock, and water will come out of it, that the people may drink.” The people of Israel were thirsty, so God provided them water through a rock so they would know it was a miracle from God. The Rock is Jesus Christ, and the water is the Word of God that would proceed from Christ during His ministry here on earth. A second time Moses was instructed to speak to the Rock, but because of his anger at the Israelite’s  he smote the rock a second time. Moses disobeyed God, and because of that he died before entering the Holy land. It seems like a small matter to us that Moses struck the rock instead of speaking to it, but the rock symbolized Christ, and He could only be smitten once for our sins. Jesus was smitten once, never to be smitten again, because He is the Rock, the Chief Cornerstone. He is the Rock the builders pushed to the side, while they built a life house upon sand.

  He is the Stone cut out of the mountain with no hands. The Rock that will crush the empires of the world, and set up a holy kingdom here on earth. See Daniel 2:45 NKJV Prior to His crucifixion He said, Upon this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven…”  Matthew 16:18-19 NKJV The Rock is Jesus Christ, and He further states in  Matthew 21:44 NKJV, And whoever falls on this stone will be broken; but on whomever it falls, it will grind him to powder.”  This means if we cast ourselves upon Him in faith our desires shall be broken, and we will be made into something that Christ can use to glorify His kingdom. If we fall upon the Rock we will have a life of distinction instead of a life of dishonor. If we don’t fall upon the Stone in faith then the Stone will fall upon us and grind us into  powder.

To the Jews Jesus Christ is a stumbling Stone, a Rock of offence. “He will be as a sanctuary,
but a stone of stumbling and a rock of offense to both the houses of Israel, as a trap and a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem. And many among them shall stumble; They shall fall and be broken, be snared and taken.” Isaiah 8:14-15 NKJV To this day may Jews refuse to believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. For the church, Christ is the Foundation Stone, the Chief Cornerstone, and the Headstone. To the rest of the world Christ is the Smiting Stone of destruction, and judgement. When Christ returns to earth to set up His kingdom He, the stone cut out of the mountains with no hands,  will destroy the wicked in judgement, and Israel will finally recognize Christ as King.

When Christ was first tempted by Satan to change the rocks into bread Christ said,  “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.”  Matthew 4:4 NKJV And when He was taken down from the cross He was placed into a rock tomb.  He is the Chief Cornerstone, the sure Foundation, the Rock of salvation, and those who refuse the Gospel will beg for the rocks to fall on them so they can hide their face from the coming King, but will be denied their prayer. Christ says, He that hears My Word and believes on Me shall have everlasting life. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. John 1:12-13 NKJV  If we will hear and believe His Word we will be safe when the fires of God come to judge this world, because if God is for us, who can be against us?

Are you building your life upon a Rock, or is your foundation made of sand? It takes just minutes to get your “life building” going in the right direction, because believing is receiving. You can place your trust in the Rock, the Chief Cornerstone, the Son of God by saying this simple prayer. Dear heavenly Father,  I believe that Jesus Christ is Your Son, and that He died for me so that my sins are forgiven. I believe He is the Rock that You built Your church upon so that I can have fellowship with You. Please accept me into Your family, and place me into Your hands to protect me and love me forever. In Jesus Christ’s name I pray, Amen.