Jesus Christ is the rejected 'Cornerstone' the Bible speaks of in I Peter 2:6
Would you explain the cornerstone that we are to believe in from 1 Peter 2:6?
Peter wrote, "Behold I lay in Zion a choice stone, a precious cornerstone, and he who believes in Him shall not be disappointed. This precious value is for you who believe, but for those who disbelieve, the stone which the builders rejected, this became the very cornerstone, and a stone of stumbling and a rock of offense."
These words from Peter speak of the prophetic fulfillment of Psalm 118:22-25 and Jesus Christ is clearly identified as that cornerstone in Acts 4:10-11.
You see Psalm 118 prophesied the marvelous day when Messiah would enter Jerusalem while people shouted "Hosanna," meaning save us now," and "blessed be the name of the Lord!" All four gospels record this event and these words as Jesus entered Jerusalem only to be rejected (John 12:12-15)." His rejection is likened to the cornerstone of Solomon's temple that was initially rejected.
1 Kings 6:7 records the huge stones for Solomon's temple were quarried but not a hammer, axe or iron tool was to be heard on temple mount. Today the area of Golgotha is part of that quarry, and these enormous stones were somehow moved from there to the building site. Tradition holds that sometime during the seven years of construction the very cornerstone was rolled aside and neglected. Psalm 118:22-23 prophesies this would happen prior to construction of that temple. When workers on temple mount asked where the cornerstone was, they were told it was sent up a long time ago.
That rejected cornerstone represents Yeshua Ha Meschiach, Jesus the Messiah. Isaiah 53 foretells that Messiah would be rejected of men, wounded for our transgressions, slaughtered like a lamb for our sins, die with the wicked, be buried in a rich man's grave, but He would justify many, bear their iniquities, bear even my sin and intercede for transgressors like me.
He was disfigured more than any other person throughout human history (Isaiah 52:14), and He willingly permitted it to pay for the sins of humanity.
We're all free to receive or reject Jesus today. I just do not understand why anyone would not want to meet someone who would do all that for them. How could I not give my sinful life to Jesus Christ? He loves me despite myself. I can't imagine anyone less deserving of His love than me, but He loves me and the whole world too.
As for me and my house, we serve Him. He is the cornerstone once rejected and He deserves no less than my full surrender.
Peter, in chapter two, likens believers to "living stones" being built up throughout time into a spiritual house with Christ as its cornerstone.
I want to be part of whatever Jesus is building. Scriptural prophecy continues toward its fulfillment with perfection, and scripture says He rules in the end.
May God's Holy Spirit move upon you now with waves of His love and gentle presence. May He rest upon you with peace you cannot explain. May He flood your heart and wash every burden away as you place your trust in Him. He is surely able.
Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, today and forever (Heb 13:8).
Huck Kusner pastors the Calvary Chapel Church in Black Canyon City. To submit a question or for information, write Pastor Kusner at The Calvary Corner, PO Box 1816, Black Canyon City, AZ 85324. Email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
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