This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone. And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.
Stones. You have them in all shapes and sizes. We build houses with them. These houses need a good foundation otherwise they will sag and ultimately collapse. For the houses in ancient Israel the cornerstone was of fundamental significance. That’s why it was chosen with the utmost care.
In the Bible Jesus is called the cornerstone. He was carefully chosen by God to be the cornerstone of his building on earth: the church. But during the time Jesus was on earth, there were many who did not see his qualities of cornerstone. According to them, you could not build on Jesus. Especially the leaders of the people thought and said this.
But God himself has a different view. And also the children of God have a different view. They see Jesus Christ as the precious cornerstone of the congregation. This cornerstone is the foundation of the church. This cornerstone provides the coherence in this beautiful building with which God’s Spirit is busy.
This is how I want to know Jesus. Knowing that he can also be a stone of offense or stumbling, I want to worship and revere him as the precious cornerstone of God. Without him the congregation of which I am a member has no foundation and no coherence. Without him my whole life is nothing but quicksand.
And I allow Peter’s words—called a rock by Jesus himself—to sink in so that I can see even better who Jesus is for me:
As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
1 Peter 2:4-5
And I see before me what is said about this cornerstone, because I know myself to be called together with the whole congregation to live to the glory of the Lord:
[Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone] in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.
Jesus, you are the cornerstone. Thanks to you there is a foundation and coherence for God’s work on earth. I praise you because you are the cornerstone of the building of which I myself may be a living stone. I want to commit myself to you with all my heart, with all my soul and with all my strength.