Cornerstone

I was driving to worship service this past Sunday and the weather outside wasn’t the best. In fact, when I had gotten about halfway to church, my phone started going off to indicate there was an ongoing flood warning in the area and that I should probably stay indoors. Besides me thinking to myself that my phone should have told me this when I was home instead of halfway down the highway, I also wondered if I was going to make it to church alive considering my surrounding conditions. In any case when I was just a minute away from the church, the road that I had been driving down became flooded to the point that cars were taking different routes to avoid the water. I thought to myself, “Should I go ahead and push forward or try to find another way to church?” I decided to go ahead and go forward, trusting that since I am trying to get to worship meeting, God will protect me these next couple of turns to get to my destination. As all this was going on, the following song came on Pandora:

My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness
I dare not trust the sweetest frame
But wholly trust in Jesus name

Christ alone, Cornerstone
Weak made strong in the Savior’s love
Through the storm, He is Lord,
Lord of all

That really drove home for me, both in a literal and spiritual sense. Christ is definitely Lord of all, especially through the storms of life. When I had reached the church, I looked down at my phone to see what the title of the song was: Cornerstone! It was the same theme that I had been meditating on that morning for worship. This is the passage that I had been reading:

1 Peter 2:6-10

6 For this is contained in Scripture: “Behold, I lay in Zion a choice stone, a precious corner-stone, And he who believes in Him will not be disappointed.” 7 This precious value, then, is for you who believe; but for those who disbelieve, “The stone which the builders rejected, This became the very corner-stone,” 8 and, “A stone of stumbling and a rock of offense”; for they stumble because they are disobedient to the word, and to this doom they were also appointed. 9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; 10 for you once were not a people, but now you are the people of God; you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

So the first question that came to my mind was what exactly is the purpose of a Cornerstone? Naturally the best place to look for reliable information is Wikipedia so this is what I found: “The cornerstone (or foundation stone) concept is derived from the first stone set in the construction of a masonry foundation, important since all other stones will be set in reference to this stone, thus determining the position of the entire structure.” When I take that definition and add it to this passage, it really provides a clearer picture of what Christ has done for humanity. When we look closer at this passage we see why that’s the case.

In verse 6 and 7 of this passage we see Peter refers to a “living stone” that had been rejected by men, but in the eyes of God, is choice and precious! The stone that Peter refers to is Jesus Christ. Christ who is God’s own precious Son was rejected by men, as we read in Isaiah 53:3. He was crucified and buried, but rose again on the third day becoming victorious over sin and death – in other words, He became a living stone.

Earlier in this passage Peter mentions that because Christ is a living stone, we also find new life in Him by believing in His salvation work. But it doesn’t just stop there, we see from verse 9 what our responsibilities are as living stones. We are called a chosen race, royal priesthood, holy nation and people for God’s OWN possession. If we are called to be God’s OWN people, and He is the Lord and Savior of our lives we are responsible for living in light of that. In the latter part of verse 9, it describes exactly what we should be doing as God’s chosen people. We should be “proclaiming the excellencies” of God who had called us from darkness to light! What all is included under proclaiming His excellencies? As a believer that means we should be living holy and righteous lives that glorify our Savior as well as testifying Him in each and every opportunity we get. This passage describes it perfectly:

Titus 2:11-14

11 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, 12 instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age, 13 looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus, 14 who gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed, and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds.

What an awesome calling we have! When we were lost in our sins and needed Christ the most, we rejected Him. But God had already planned out from the foundation of the world to sacrifice His one and only precious Son for the sake of humanity so that WE could have hope through salvation! God made Christ the cornerstone of the entire human race so that anything and everything would point back to Him. Without Christ, there is no reason or purpose in life. Without Christ we have no point in living. The only reason we live and breathe is because of Him and for Him. We can always count on Him to take us through each perilous situation in life unscathed. Since He is our Savior, and because He has done all these wonderful things for us, we should be living like His chosen people. We should live free from sin and in light of His return. We should live always striving to honor and glorify Him through each and everything we do! Christ will always be the Cornerstone upon whom we can lean through the storms of life!

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