There is nothing better than a perfect fit. In relationship to general applications, you do not want things too short, too long, too tight, or too loose.
It was the Psalmist who had the same consideration about a perfect fit when he wrote about “the stone which the builders rejected is become the head stone of the corner. This is the Lord’s doing; it is marvelous in our eyes.” In the New Testament, by the leadership of the Holy Spirit, writers correctly interpreted this perfect fitting stone reference from the Psalmist in terms of Jesus Christ.
In a building, the stone set as “the head stone of the corner” is the most critical stone, for it joins together two masonry walls and provides the necessary stability and strength for the building as a whole. Furthermore, all the other stones are set in reference to the head stone determining the position of the whole structure.
This, of course, begs the question why Jesus Christ must be considered the head stone which makes for the perfect fit. For example, He is the perfect fit concerning us and our sin. We tend to forget or ignore or underestimate the condemnation that sin brings to us. Our sin brings separation between God and us. Our sin bears eternal consequences of death and condemnation in eternal hell. Each of us must consider that holy God judges un-forgiven sin.
But, Jesus Christ is the perfect fit for us by way of His incarnated humanity. Also, He was the perfect fit for us in that He perfectly bore our sins in His own body on the Cross where He endured the wrath of God on our sins for our sakes. His was the perfect fit in that He took the multitude of my sin and the multitude of your sin and the multitude of everyone else’s sin and fit them all into Himself for God’s judgment on the Cross. What a perfect fit!
His is a perfect fit for our personal and present lives, too. No one or no thing fits our lives better. He fits us with a perfect peace that comes only from Him. He fits us with a spiritual strength that equips us for the rigors of life. He fits us with truthful insights that enable us to discern the differences between evil and good that help us in our decision-making. When you incorporate the real presence of Jesus Christ in your life, it makes for a perfect fit!
And, as the Psalmist said, “it is marvelous in our eyes.” The reason for that reaction is because it is seen the advantage made by Jesus Christ. Listen to the difference people say the Lord made in their personhood, for when people permit themselves to be outfitted with the presence and principles of Jesus Christ there is a distinct difference in personality and perspective. The Lord’s perfect fit is obvious.
But, unfortunately, the Lord’s perfect fit is too often not recognized, and is rejected. The Psalmist pointed out that initially the builders even rejected the stone that eventually was used as the head stone.
Tradition tells that when the Jerusalem Temple was in the process of being built that this very incident took place. A certain stone was initially discarded and thrown to the rock heap. When no other stone filled the bill, it was found that this particular stone fit perfectly and provided the perfect holding power for the structure.
The Crucifixion of Jesus Christ proves how He was rejected by the Jewish nation, rejected by the Roman rulers, and rejected by individuals, although He proved to be the center point for the Salvation of God by His very Resurrection from the dead. Since then, He has proven to be the head stone of a perfect fit for life and salvation.
Life feels better and eternity looks brighter when our lives are perfectly fit with Jesus Christ. Rejection is a naïve option. Reception is the wisest choice.
The Rev. Ron Branch is pastor of Faith Baptist Church in Mason, W.Va.