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When the people of Israel crossed the Jordan River into the Promised Land, they were instructed to set up twelve stones as a memorial to what God had done, so that their children would see them and ask the question, “What do these stones mean?” (Joshua 4:21). The stones were to be a continual reminder of God’s power and protection and provision for the people.

The point of the stones was to reveal who God is and what God is like. The stones were set up “so that all the peoples of the earth may know that the hand of the LORD is mighty, that you may fear the LORD your God forever” (Joshua 4:24). The stones at the front of the sanctuary are a similar reminder for us.

The stones were brought in from local fields and are uncut by human hands. Those who look closely will see the handiwork of God in the cross formed on the center stone as well as the head of a lamb. The cross and lamb remind us of Jesus, the spotless Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world (John 1:29).

Followers of Christ are called to come to Jesus the Living Stone and--like living stones--be built into a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ (1 Peter 2:4-5).

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