Recently we recorded a video based on a question Jesus asked after telling the parable of the Tennants. He asked his enemies if they had ever read the Scriptures. This would have been an insult to them. His purpose was not to insult them, but to challenge them to think more deeply. He quoted Psalm 118:22. “The stone the builder’s rejected has become the cornerstone. This is the Lord’s doing and it is marvelous in our eyes.” The message was clear. Jesus was saying, “I am that cornerstone and you are rejecting me.” Take some time and think of all the songs we sing that contain the message of that cornerstone. “Jesus is the Cornerstone. Came for sinners to atone. Though rejected by his own. He became the cornerstone. Rock of Ages, On Christ the Solid Rock I Stand. When I led youth camps, a popular song was contained the line “Jesus is the Rock and He rolls my Blues Away.”

Yes, I like “rock” music. Why don’t you pick up a hymnal or type “hymns about cornerstone” into a search engine. When you are done consider that amazing moment recorded in Matthew 16 when Jesus said “Upon this rock I will build my church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” It should be clear that Jesus was talking about himself and the truth that he was the Christ. “My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus blood and righteousness.” For those who are determined to say that the passage means the church was built on Peter check out 1 Peter 2:7-8. Another passage to consider is Ephesians 2:20. Why don’t you do some research and see how often this truth from Psalm 118:22 comes up in Scripture. Then ask yourself “Is Jesus my rock?” All other ground is sinking sand.

Dan Wooldridge

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