ROOTED - Thursday, January 13, 2022


Spend some more time meditating on this idea that Jesus is the cornerstone.

 

Isaiah 28:16

16 therefore thus says the Lord God, See, I am laying in Zion a foundation stone, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone, a sure foundation: "One who trusts will not panic." 

 

Psalm 118:22-24

22 The stone that the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone. 

23 This is the Lord's doing; it is marvelous in our eyes. 

24 This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. 

 

Reflections

Consider the reflections of religion columnist Debra Draper…

“A tested stone is a fine grained stone used for carving statues.  A piece of stone can be shaped for a specific purpose.  In every stone building, one stone is crucial.  It is laid first, and it is to ensure that the building is square and stable.  It is the rock upon which the weight of the entire structure rests.  It is the cornerstone.

 

“Jesus came to His own, and instead of embracing Him, they stumbled over Him and ultimately nailed Him to the cross.  Jesus also is called the Smitten Stone.  In Exodus 17, we read of Moses striking a rock, which brings forth water.  When Paul mentions this in 1st Corinthians 10:4, he interprets the passage prophetically: ‘They drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them and that Rock was Christ.’

 

“The smitten stone of Exodus becomes a picture of the smitten Christ who became the fountainhead of blessing as His blood gushed forth on the cross and He became the Redeemer of the world.  In Acts 4:11 when Peter is addressing the Sanhedrin, Peter actually tells them, "Let it be known to you all, and to all of the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom 'you' crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by Him this man stands here before you whole.  This is the stone which was rejected by you builders, which has become the 'Chief Cornerstone.'  Nor is there any salvation in any other, for there is no other name under the heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”

 

Prayer

What you have accomplished, O God, through the life, death, and resurrection of your Son Jesus is nothing less than marvelous.  So let us rejoice in him and in the salvation that he offers us.  We pray through him.  Amen.