Christ, Cornerstone and union of all people

O King of the Nations,
and the one they desired,
keystone,
who makes both peoples one,
come and save mankind,
whom you shaped from the mud.

Revelation 15:3 They sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying: “Great and marvelous are Your works, lord God Almighty! Just and true are Your ways, O King of the saints!

Psalm 118:22 The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone.

Isaiah 28:16 Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: “Behold, I lay in Zion a stone for a foundation, a tried stone, a precious cornerstone, a sure foundation; whoever believes will not act hastily.

Matthew 21:42 Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the Scriptures: ‘The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone. This was the Lord’s doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes’?

Mark 12:10 “Have you not read this Scripture: ‘The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone.

Luke 20:17 Then He looked at them and said, “What then is this that is written: ‘The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone’?

Acts 4:11 “This is the ‘stone which was rejected by you builders, which has become the chief cornerstone.’

Ephesians 2:20 “…having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief corner stone,…”

1 Peter 2:6 Therefore it is also contained in the Scripture, “Behold, I lay in Zion a chief cornerstone, elect, precious, and he who believes on Him will by no means be put to shame.”

Stones are heavy. Have you ever noticed that? A person can do a lot of damage with a stone if used improperly. Early man used stones as tools and they are still used that way. They are used for buildings as well as in gardens. People have used them to kill another human being. Michelangelo used them for sculpture.

As an aside, while I was in Italy many years ago, I had the opportunity to view this fantastic sculpture in the Medici Museum. It was nothing short of breathtaking to view this work, as well as other pieces of Michelangelo’s. Of the many incomplete pieces, it was fascinating to see the block of stone giving birth to the intended image. I could almost see where Michelangelo’s next stroke of the hammer and chisel would have been to continue the emergence of the image.)

Stones have many uses, both positive and negative.

I like the image of Christ as the Chief Cornerstone and Keystone. Though I am not a builder, and those who are will correct me if I am wrong, the cornerstone is the key to a building being square and level. The first stone placed must be placed well or else the entire building will be crooked.

It is also fascinating that the keystone is what holds an arch upright. It is the boss. It is the stone that takes the arch and holds both sides together.

What beautiful images. Christ being our Cornerstone so that all the rest of the stones we lay in our lives, when measured against Him will be tried and true. The Keystone keeps the arch up, solid, and strong, uniting all believers together.

Without either, the building and arch are worthless.

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Mimi
    Dec 12, 2005 @ 18:24:42

    And it is marvelous in our eyes!

    I also love the image of Christ as the Cornerstone, and I appreciate your thoughts!

    Good job, Philippa!

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