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Chief Cornerstone

By Olivia Elmes

Psalm 118:22, NIV
The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone.

Mark 12:10, NASV
Have you not even read this Scripture: ‘The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone.’

Isaiah 28:16, KJV
Therefore thus saith the Lord God, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste.
Jesus was despised and rejected by mankind (Isaiah 53:3), He suffered for us and was hated by us. He was mocked, humiliated and battered for us and by us; His blood was spilled on our behalf and by our own hands. Yet in His affliction and sorrow He willingly became the cornerstone of our salvation. The definitions for cornerstone are: ‘an important feature on which a particular thing depends or is based’ and ‘the stone that forms the base of a corner of a building, joining two walls’. These two definitions beautifully describe who Jesus is. He is both the foundation and the basis of our salvation and the stone that joins together the two walls: the old covenant and the new.

He is the basis of our faith. He is the cornerstone on which our entire faith rests. Without this precious stone we would have no salvation. If our relationship with God were a building, Jesus would be the cornerstone on which every other stone stands. Of every gift that has been given to us, Jesus is the greatest. He stood in our place and bore our afflictions so that we would have access to the Father. He is the greatest gift that we could ever receive. Without the chief cornerstone, the building (our relationship with God) would surely collapse. He is a strong cornerstone, a solid foundation and a sure hope! Our hope is in Him alone.

The picture of Jesus joining the two walls is so beautiful. He has the unique job of chief cornerstone which joins together the two walls: old and new. Only He was able to do this. In Him we see the old covenant, which is the law meet the new covenant, which is grace. He is the substance where the grace of God perfectly fulfils the law of the old covenant meaning that we are free to live in and enjoy the wonderful gift of salvation. Christ alone is the perfect cornerstone of our faith. He is our basis, our foundation and our perfect mediator. On Him alone we stand.
God bless,

Olivia

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17th December 2019