By definition, a cornerstone is “a stone that forms the base of a corner of a building, joining two walls.” Historically, the cornerstone was the first stone set in a new building. It was carefully selected and placed, becoming the reference point for the rest of the building. The Bible often references the cornerstone of our lives. This stone is special and set apart, selected and laid by God himself (Job 38:4-7). It has been tested and it is precious. These ensure a firm foundation (Isaiah 28:16). This cornerstone is an anchor point for an entire building; his temple. It consists now of apostles, prophets (Ephesians 2:19-21), saints, the chosen as his royal priesthood (1 Corinthians 1:2, 1 Peter 2:9). Each of us, placed securely and carefully around the cornerstone.
We get to choose a cornerstone upon which to build our own lives. Just like the Jews in Matthew 21, we have a choice. We either choose Jesus for that stone, or we reject him as that stone. Trouble comes in the rejection. You see, failure to place Jesus as the cornerstone, doesn’t mean that we have built an inferior house. No, it means that we have built a house without God. A house without life (Genesis 2:7, Acts 17:25). In fact, Matthew 21:44 gets right to the point, reminding us that our rejection results in death.
As we consider that truth, it is right to consider our current state. Maybe our lives already have Jesus as the cornerstone. In that case, the fruit will be obvious. Our lives are exuding love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23). If these are missing, however, what are we to do? That, my friends, is the wonderful thing about the Gospel.
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. (Lamentations 3:22)
In order to receive his mercy and place him as our cornerstone, there is only one thing required. Believe.
If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. (Romans 10:9-10)