Remembering Jesus Our Chief Cornerstone
For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.” 1 Corinthians 3:11
So this is what the Sovereign Lord says: ‘See, I lay a stone in Zion, the holy city of God, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone (Christ) for a sure foundation; the one who relies on it will never be stricken with panic.” Isaiah 28:16
(Jesus is speaking) “Listen to another parable: There was a landowner who planted a vineyard. He put a wall around it, dug a winepress in it and built a watchtower. Then he rented the vineyard to some farmers and moved to another place. When the harvest time approached, he sent his servants to the tenants to collect his fruit. The tenants seized his servants; they beat one, killed another, and stoned a third. Then he sent other servants to them, more than the first time, and the tenants treated them the same way. Last of all, he sent his son to them. ‘They will respect my son,’ he said. But when the tenants saw the son, they said to each other, ‘This is the heir. Come, let’s kill him and take his inheritance.’ So they took him and threw him out of the vineyard and killed him. Therefore, when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?”“He will bring those wretches to a wretched end,” they replied, “and he will rent the vineyard to other tenants, who will give him his share of the crop at harvest time.” Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the Scriptures: ‘The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone, the Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes’? Therefore I tell you that the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people who will produce its fruit. Anyone who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; anyone on whom it falls will be crushed.” Matthew 21:33-44
“Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus Himself as the Chief Cornerstone.” Ephesians 2:20
REFLECT: Today’s JOY thought is taken from the song “The Church Has One Foundation” by Indelible Grace
This Christmas season, let’s not forget that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is the Chief Cornerstone and Chief Foundation for the Church. Let’s not forget the reason He came to die for our sins, rise from the dead, and bring us back to the Father again. The first lines of the song are: The church’s one foundation is Jesus Christ her Lord; She is His new creation by water and the Word; From heaven, He came and sought her to be His holy bride; With His own blood He sought her and for her life He died.”
The following quotes are taken from Franklin L. Kirksey, Pastor, First Baptist Church of Spanish Fort, Alabama in his sermon titled Jesus Christ: the Chief Cornerstone
Dr. Walter Lewis Wilson (1881-1969) explains,
Christ is warning us in this passage that if we build in this life on any other foundation than Himself, we shall not be able to stand in the Judgment Day. He is the Rock of Ages, the Cornerstone, the rock foundation. Good works, religious observances, church activities, gifts of money, and all other such activities, if depended on for salvation, will be like the sinking sand, and the sinner will not be able to endure the storm of God’s judgment if he depends upon these.
In “Build-Building” in the Dictionary of Biblical Imagery,
Christians individually (1 Cor 3:16-17; 6:19) and corporately (2 Cor 6:16) are the temple of God. Jesus promised to ‘build’ his church on the rock of Peter’s confession that Jesus is “the Christ, the Son of the living God” (Mt 16:16-18).
The image of building is used to picture the life choices that individuals make in following or refusing God’s way. Jesus paints a memorable portrait of wise and foolish house builders (Mt 7:24-27; Lk 6:47-49; 18; cf. Jesus’ parables of builders in Lk 12:13-21; 14:28-30). Individual Christians build on the foundation of Jesus Christ, and the adequacy of the material with which they build will be tested at the Last Judgment (1 Cor 3:10-15).
Dr. Warren W. Wiersbe reminds us as genuine believers to ask,
“Am I rushing ahead impetuously, or am I willing to wait?” We have already learned that faith and patience always go together. . . . The Christian who waits for God’s leading, and waits on God’s working, will not be disappointed or ashamed. True faith is not in a hurry until God opens the way. If you find yourself impatiently rushing ahead of the Lord, beware! You are sure to act in fleshly unbelief instead of in true spiritual faith.
Dr. Lawrence O. Richards shares,
In ancient times the cornerstone was the anchor of a building’s foundation. Psalm 118:22 and Isaiah 28:16 which refer to cornerstones were understood by Israel’s rabbis to have messianic implications, and are applied to Jesus in the Gospels (Matt. 21:42; Mark 12:10; Luke 20:17), by Paul (Rom. 9:33; Eph. 2:20) and by Peter. Jesus is the foundation of our faith, and also of the church in which believers are living stones (1 Peter 2:4-7).
God, enables us to choose the path that Jesus Himself trod.
“A chosen people, a royal priesthood” 1 Peter 2:9-10. It is only right that we choose to live by God’s values, for He has chosen us. In the Old Testament, priests officiated at sacrifices and led the worship of God. In first-century Roman culture, pagan priests also led worshipers in offering sacrifices and praises to the gods. In both contexts, it was considered a high honor to serve as a priest. So the imagery of a Christian royal priesthood was clear, and powerful. We who because of sin were not even a people of God have been called out of darkness, and given the highest position of all!
What a breathtaking sacrifice the Chief Cornerstone made for us! Remember all Jesus Christ has done for us. Oh holy Bride of Christ, do not miss out on Christ during the season of Christmas! Do not be like the Builders who rejected Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior! Make Christ the foundation of your life this Christmas.
RESPOND: Pray this with me! “I will give You thanks, for You answered me; You have become my salvation. The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; the LORD Yahweh has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes. The LORD Yahweh has done it this very day; let us rejoice today and be glad. LORD Yahweh, save us. LORD, grant us success! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD Yahweh. From the house of the LORD Yahweh we bless you. The Lord Jesus Christ is God, and He has made His light shine on us. With boughs in hand, join in the festal procession up to the horns of the altar. You, Jesus Christ, are my God, and I will praise You; You are my God, and I will exalt You. Give thanks to the LORD Yahweh, for He is good; His love endures forever.” Psalm 118:21-29
REJOICE: What are you joyful for today? I am joyful that Christ is my foundation, that He chose to save me in His goodness and mercy, and that He made a way for me to be right with God.
Your Turn! Share 3 Things that you’re joyful for in the comments below.