In 1884, a young man died. After the funeral, his grieving parents decided to establish a memorial to him, so they met with Charles Elliot, the president of Harvard University at that time. Eliot received the couple into his office and asked what he could do. After they expressed their desire to fund a memorial, Eliot said, “Perhaps you have in mind a scholarship.” “We were thinking of something more substantial than that,” the woman replied, “perhaps a building.” Eliot brushed aside the idea as being too expensive and the couple departed. The next year, Eliot learned that this plain pair had gone elsewhere and established a $26 million memorial named Leland Stanford Junior University. Better known today as Stanford University (Today in the Word, June 11, 1992).
Time and time again people have misjudged the value and potential of something which ended up becoming great. We have overlooked the hidden worth in scholars, athletes, businesses, and at times even entire nations. However, of all the things people underestimated, none was more undervalued than Christ.
While talking to chief priests and Pharisees, Jesus tried to show them the mistake they were making, “Jesus said to them, ‘Did you never read in the Scriptures, “The stone which the builders rejected, this became the chief corner stone; this came about from the Lord, and it is marvelous in our eyes”?’” (Matthew 21:42). As Peter later explained, Jesus is “the stone which was rejected by you, the builders, but which became the chief corner stone. And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:11-12). The people of this time so drastically misjudged and undervalued Christ that they even went so far as to kill Him to get rid of Him.
Today, people are making the same mistakes. Some have greatly undervalued Christ. Some have tossed Him aside like trash. However, Scripture has made it clear that there is none greater than Christ (Philippians 2:9-11). No one is more valuable than Him, and the greatest treasures can only come through Him (Acts 2:38; 4:12). Christ is priceless. Let’s never forget what a treasure Christ is, and do what we can to show His worth to others.