Jesus was talking about himself–the one who would be the cornerstone. The scholars will not open to Jesus’ ways. They didn’t think he had credentials or authority to speak. They obviously refused to see the big picture–the acts of Jesus in his ministry should have been enough to make them believers.
Like the religion scholars, we become frustrated with people who do not act according to our will. Public lynching is for the most part never done anymore. However, we now do our lynching in editorials, false advertising, and accusations blown out of proportion. We look for the negative side of everything our adversaries do. We pounce on people’s little mistakes, making a mountain out of a mole hill.
Jesus warned his disciples about the religion scholars. “They love to walk around in academic gowns, preen in the radiance of public flattery, bask in prominent positions, sit at the head table at every church function. And all the time they are exploiting the weak and helpless.” The longer their prayers, the worse they get. But they’ll pay for it in the end.” Luke 20:45-47.
We must learn to look before we leap into conclusions about other people’s lives. Looking into someone’s life though our own dirty windows gives us a poor perspective of what’s happening in their world.
Lord, help us stand up to those who look down on others. Amen.