Scripture Reading: Ezekiel 43:1-44:31 / 1 Peter 2:4-25 / Psalm 132:1-18
Before the days of laser levels and GPS survey equipment, a foundation stone was laid as the starting point for erecting a building. The cornerstone was the first stone laid and it was placed at the corner of the building. It was perfectly leveled and precisely aligned. All of the other stones that followed were laid and set in reference to the cornerstone. This foundational stone determined the measurement, uniformity, alignment and position of the entire structure.
Peter refers to Isaiah’s prophecy when he writes, “See, I lay a stone in Zion, a chosen and precious cornerstone, and the one who trusts in Him will never be put to shame.” (1 Peter 2:6) Peter is calling Jesus the cornerstone of the Church and of our lives. Not only is Christ our foundation, He is our cornerstone of righteousness and strength.
It took 30,000 workers over seven years to complete the Solomon’s Temple. All the stones were quarried far away from the building site so not to disturb the holy place with extreme business, dust and noise. Jesus was quarried during His 40 days of temptation in the wilderness. His life was subjected to the will of His Father during the times when He separated Himself in prayer…”Thy Will Be Done.”
God chose Jesus and He was laid as the foundational stone of redemption. Our iniquity was laid upon Him and Jesus willingly sacrificed Himself for us. Christ’s death was not a result of man laying their hands upon Him but The heavenly Father laying His hand upon Christ’s mission as Savior of the world. He was laid and nailed upon a cross for our sins. He was also laid in a tomb but God raised Him up from death unto life and validated the covenant made by His blood.
He is a precious cornerstone – the dear and costly foundation of salvation. Christ not only strengthens the building, He also adorns it by bringing unity to all the parts and keeping them together. He brings together His church and unites men and women from all nations and backgrounds. The building’s strength and reliability is found not in its exterior beauty but in its unseen foundation. The cornerstone is the most solid and most exact stone in the foundation. Everything rises or falls on the cornerstone.
Jesus is one in whom we can place all of our trust. He is as solid and true as any earthly cornerstone. He is the measurement of truth and He alone aligns eternity. He fashions and directs the affairs of man. Those who build their hopes and lives upon Him are fashioned into a tabernacle for His glory. He gives our steps purpose and our calling sure. “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. On Christ the Solid Rock I stand…all other ground is sinking sand!” Though the winds of life assail against us, we stand secure…on Christ the Cornerstone!
Pastor James Clark has pastored Calvary Assembly since 1985. He is blessed with his wife Yvonne, six children, two son-in-laws, a beautiful granddaughter and hopefully many more grandchildren to follow!