25 days of Hope filled Christmas - Extravagant titles for Jesus
Cornerstone -Isaiah 28:16
Have you ever seen a building that is crooked or subsiding? Why does this happen, unsuitable ground, poor foundations and perhaps poor construction. Eventually the buildings will become unsafe to live in, the structure of the house will become weakened by the poor foundations and unsuitable ground combined together this means ‘danger’. The ground the foundations and structure are all vitally important to the integrity and safety of the building, So what does this have to do with an extravagant title? In the bible Jesus is called the cornerstone.
In biblical times, a cornerstone was used as the foundation and standard upon which a building was constructed. Once in place, the rest of the building would conform to the angles and size of the cornerstone. In addition, if removed, the entire structure could collapse. In the Bible, messianic prophecies spoke of the Messiah as the Cornerstone. Isaiah 28:16 says, "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."
Psalm 118:22 speaks of the Messiah, stating, "The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone." Matthew, Mark, and Luke record Jesus referring to this passage as finding its fulfilment in Him. Peter later used this passage to condemn the Jewish religious leaders, stating, "This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone" Acts 4:11.
The apostle Peter also spoke of Jesus as Cornerstone on two other occasions. In 1 Peter 2:6 he notes, a cornerstone chosen and precious, and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.'" The apostle Paul also references the idea of Jesus as Cornerstone, teaching, "You are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone" Ephesians 2:19-20. This was likely both a reference to the Old Testament prediction by Psalm 118:22 as well as an illustration of Jesus as the Cornerstone upon which the "household of God" was being built.
For those living in biblical times where people often built their own homes, using a construction analogy to explain the priority of Jesus the Messiah as the Cornerstone of the household of God provided a clear connecting point that would have been well understood and it still stands today.
God has gone before laying a solid and costly foundation with His promises and greatest Sacrifice. Jesus is the stone. This firm foundation leads us to sanctification. We will not be shaken if we trust God’s cornerstone and depend upon Him.
Jesus serves as the foundation of the Church as well as for each Christian's individual life. Jesus is our cornerstone and without Him as our firm foundation the structure of our lives will be weak and we live in danger of never experiencing all God has for us.
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Until next time God bless you, His peace be with you