Jesus said a lot of things and asked a lot of questions during His time on earth, and one of the most interesting questions he asked is this: “Did you never read in the scriptures?” (Matthew 21:42 NASB).
In the context of the question, Jesus is asking the crowd if they had ever read in scripture about the stone that was rejected that actually become the chief corner stone. The metaphor of the corner stone that Jesus used, He used to describe Himself.
Most of the time we focus on the part of this scripture that refers to the clear point that even though we may try to get rid of Jesus in our thinking and in our lives — and some tried by killing Him — we cannot be “done” with Him. Jesus is Lord of all no matter what we think or if we have tried to rid Him from our lives. Jesus is the honored Son of God.
The part of this scripture that is not really focused on is the beginning of the question: Did you never read in the scriptures?
Have you read scripture lately? A sad realization I have made is that it is so easy to go through each day thinking that we are spending time with God because we pray and we sing and we talk about Jesus. But are we informing our thoughts and habits with God’s Word?
Now there are great benefits from praying, singing, and talking about Jesus; however, we really cannot go deeper with Jesus unless we learn from His Word and reflect on how to apply His Word in our lives. In order for our praying, singing, and witness to be effective, we must live what scripture says, not what we would rather believe.
Have you ever noticed how easy it is to have a strong opinion because our opinion suits our needs and desires? But does our strong opinion sync with the Word of God in scripture?
Did you know that scripture says that God’s kingdom is handed over to those who live a kingdom life, and not to those who just profess to be Christian but don’t live by the Love of God? Did you know that you are a child of God even if you don’t choose God? Did you know that God will keep pursuing you because of His love for you, even though you may be running in the opposite direction? Did you know that the person you really don’t like is also a child of God?
I encourage you to sit down with scripture and read who Jesus is. Start with John 10:10 (NIV): “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
Today, take some time to learn about God. Take some time to actually know what He says and what He focuses on. Don’t be caught believing something that just isn’t true because you never read scripture.