With the promise of mercy comes the warning of judgment. That is the message we have heard throughout this season of Lent. In the parable Jesus spoke, the mercy of God is lavish and entirely too generous to be reasonable. We instinctively believe that mercy should be reserved for those who deserve it, but God shows His mercy even to those who reject it. God is relentless in His pursuit of us, but those who reject His mercy are condemned to stand alone before the judgment seat. Yet even as we rejoice in God’s mercy, we realize that the rejection of His mercy is not without consequence and those who reject the cornerstone will be crushed by it on the day of judgment. The promise and a warning go together and will always go together until the saving work of God is complete and we live in His presence on high forevermore.