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He is the Cornerstone

By Dale Stonecipher in Redeemer Church 26 days ago | 2016 views Link: https://goo.gl/nimf3i

Dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,

In Psalm 118, the psalmist is filled with gratefulness to God.  He declares a number of ways in which he sees the goodness of God, even stating that God Himself is good.  On five occasions, the psalmist repeats “His steadfast love endures forever.”  He calls on the LORD in his distress and the LORD answers him.  He states he doesn’t have to fear because he knows the LORD is on his side and helps him.

The LORD is his strength and his song and has become his salvation.  Even when the LORD has to discipline him, it is not to the point of death.  He continues to praise the LORD Who is his salvation.

Throughout the psalm, the writer praises his God and offers thanks for all He has done.  He promises to bless and praise and exalt the LORD.

In the midst of the blessing and praise, the psalmist inserts a couple of statements which point us directly to our great Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.   The psalmist says, “The stone which the builders rejected has become the cornerstone.  This is the LORD’s doing; It is marvelous in our eyes.”  These are familiar words to us because they are used by Jesus in referring to Himself.

In Matthew 21, Jesus is talking to the chief priests and elders.  He speaks two parables regarding doing the will of a master and then tells them the kingdom of God will be taken from them because they haven’t done the will of the master.  He quotes Psalm 118 about the cornerstone, inferring that He is the cornerstone and that a person is either broken on it or crushed by it.  They have rejected Him.

Mark and Luke repeat the same incident.  Later, in Acts 4 as Peter is preaching, he makes it very specific.  He tells the rulers and elders that Jesus, the one they crucified, is the stone that was rejected by them, the builders, and has become the cornerstone. He declares to them that there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.

Paul in Ephesians 2 states that Jesus is the cornerstone.  Peter reminds us that the Lord is good and that He is cornerstone chosen and precious and that whoever believes in Him will not be put to shame.

We know that, in stone construction, the cornerstone is the first stone set and that all other stones are placed in reference to it so that the position of the entire structure is based upon it.

The reference for the entire structure of the kingdom of God is based upon Jesus the cornerstone and we are living stones being built up as a spiritual house. 

Praise God that we have a sure and certain perfect cornerstone upon which God is building.  May we base our lives and every decision upon our cornerstone.

Dale

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Donnie Dalton Jr.

Amen!!! Praise God he is our Cornerstone ❤❤

Donna Dean

Amen!

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