Cornerstone

A stone cornerstone, set into brick walls, beating the name of the architecta and date of building.
Cornerstone – Picture from Wikimedia Commons

40 Names of Jesus in 40 days of Lent — Day 7

The stone that the builders rejected
    has become the cornerstone.

therefore thus says the Lord God,

“Behold, I am the one who has laid as a foundation in Zion,
a stone, a tested stone,
a precious cornerstone, of a sure foundation:
‘Whoever believes will not be in haste.’
17 And I will make justice the line,
and righteousness the plumb line;
and hail will sweep away the refuge of lies,
and waters will overwhelm the shelter.”

Psalm 118:22, Isaiah 28:16-17 ESBUK

Two verses about a cornerstone, and both from the Old Testament. So how do I know that they relate to Jesus?

Rejected by the builders

The first one, from Psalm 118, was used by Jesus about himself in the Temple to the religious leaders and again to these religious leaders by Peter in Acts 4, saying that the religious leaders were the builders who rejected Jesus Christ the cornerstone, They had crucified Jesus but God had raised him up. He added that salvation is found in no one else but Jesus.

So how do you know if you are rejecting the Cornerstone? Jesus said that he would never reject anyone who came to him (John 8:37), demonstrated this by accepting people who were clearly sinners (John 8:1-11) and said that if you prevent people coming to him there will be consequences (Matthew18:6). Remember this those who would prevent gay and trans people from coming as they are. By rejecting these people you are rejecting Jesus.

Justice

The other passage, in Isaiah, is about the coming Kingdom of Jesus and how justice will reign, but it is also a present warning to scoffers that they can find a foundation for their lives if they will trust in the Messiah, Jesus, who he will send.

Which group are you in?

Those who make Jesus the cornerstone of their lives and accept all those who come to Jesus as they are?
Those who put up barriers to stop the ‘wrong kinds of people’ getting in?
Those who scoff at those who trust God?

Your call.

One thought on “Cornerstone

  1. A great challenge to us all on our acceptance and indeed welcome. We really need to be aware of the message we can’t send out and the barrier that it can be. Jesus had others who were not of this flock, do not look and behave like us. I pray I may overcome every ounce of prejudice in my life.

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