December 11, 2023
Psalm 118:22-23; Isaiah 28:16; 1 Peter 2:4-9
Buildings throughout history are carefully planned out. In Biblical times, this is no exception. A mason would spend days on end, scouring quarries for a stone that was large enough to bear the brunt of the weight of a structure and straight enough to ensure plumb lines for all the walls it would intersect. This stone was typically placed in a prominent corner in order to get the maximum benefit for construction. For the most important buildings, masons would reject dozens of stones until they found the one that would accomplish their intentions. As God was building a redemptive arch for humanity, He established Jesus Christ as the cornerstone to what He was building. But from the very beginning, mankind has rejected what God was building and the Stone which he used for His purposes.
The stone which the builders rejected
Has become the chief cornerstone. This was the Lord’s doing;
It is marvelous in our eyes.
Psalm 118:22-23 (NKJV)
Therefore thus says the Lord God: “Behold, I lay in Zion a stone for a foundation,
A tried stone, a precious cornerstone, a sure foundation;
Whoever believes will not act hastily.
Isaiah 28:16 (NKJV)
From the moment of his birth, Jesus would be the cornerstone that would cause many to stumble because they opposed what God was building through Him. When news of the Messiah’s arrival came to the magi in the East, they determined to bring Him gold, frankincense, and myrrh. But when that same news came to King Herod in Jerusalem, his response was to attempt to kill Him. But this cornerstone would become the foundation of a spiritual house that all who believe are apart of.
Have you not even read this Scripture:
Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious, you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. Therefore it is also contained in the Scripture,
“Behold, I lay in Zion
A chief cornerstone, elect, precious,
And he who believes on Him will by no means be put to shame.”
Therefore, to you who believe, He is precious; but to those who are disobedient,
“The stone which the builders rejected
Has become the chief cornerstone,”
“A stone of stumbling
And a rock of offense.”
They stumble, being disobedient to the word, to which they also were appointed.
But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.
Peter 2:4-9 (NKJV)
At Christmas, we find the cornerstone of our faith. The foundation of what God has been building since the dawn of creation. Many reject Him because they resent the design they must fall into in order to be incorporated into God’s plan. But for those who believe, they find a firm foundation that weathers the rigors of life.