To you then who believe, he is precious; but for those who do not believe, “The stone that the builders rejected has become the very head of the corner,” and “A stone that makes them stumble, and a rock that makes them fall.” They stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do. But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. (1 Peter 2: 7-9)
To us who believe, Jesus is precious; of great value; the foundation stone without which the building would crumble. For look what he has made out of our small and desperate situations: we are now “a chosen race,”–a people whom he chose to love; “a royal priesthood,”–people who serve the King of Kings, offering praise and mediating God to others through God’s good news of a kingdom;”a holy nation,”–people set apart to do God’s will; “God’s own people,”–graven on the hand of God, who never forgets or forsakes his own.
To us who believe, Jesus is precious. It is easier and truer to our age to disbelieve; following a first century religous leader whose words and teachings are obscured through time and the bad faith of many of his followers–this is truly a stumbling block, nor would I personally be as harsh as the author of 1 Peter towards those who stumble.
But to us who believe, Jesus is precious.