The paradox of the cross is that Calvary was man at his worst and God at His best; it was the darkest hour of humanity’s wretched history, yet the brightest moments for human redemption. The stone which the builders rejected at Golgotha became the chief cornerstone of the holy temple built by Jesus to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God (1 Peter 2:5). Just as promised (Matthew 16:18), Jesus built His church and adds those He saves to it (Acts 2:47).
It is because of the Lord’s doing—marvelous in our eyes—that we can declare the gloriously good news of a new day: “Whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved” because “God shows no partiality. But in every nation whoever fears Him and works righteousness is accepted by Him” (Acts 2:21; 10:34-35). Let us rejoice and be glad in God’s marvelous work and “give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever” (Psalm 118:29).
“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord” (Psalm 118:26).