The first stone. The stone by which all others are aligned with. The corner stone. There is a certain foundation that can be laid in a shared life community. This foundation can be Christ. It can also be other things.
What I have found interesting is that on top of the foundation of a building, a corner stone is laid.
The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief corner stone. (Psalms 118:22 NASB)
This is a prophetic statement in the Old Testament speaking of Jesus Christ Who is to come. Jesus Christ has become the chief corner stone, the plumb line for all other stones of a certain building to be aligned with.
But why the rejection? Why would there be rejection to this plumb line? This chief corner stone?
Jesus said to them, “Did you never read in the Scriptures, ‘The stone which the builders rejected, this became the chief corner stone; this came about from the Lord, and it is marvelous in our eyes’? Therefore I say to you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people producing the fruit of it. And he who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; but on whomever it falls, it will scatter him like dust.” (Matthew 21:42-44 NASB)
Then Jesus is speaking with some religious folks and throws down a pretty major statement. He says that the kingdom of God will be taken away from these religious leaders. The kingdom of God will be given to “a people producing the fruit of it.”
Then the nasty statement about the corner stone. Some will fall on this stone and be broken up into pieces.
Like that’s a positive thing…
But that is where the Lord states that fruit comes from, those who have been broken “on” the corner stone. I can imagine my being a stone and stepping up with my stoney legs to the chief corner stone and saying, “Ok, chief corner stone. I’m ready. Break me into itty bitty pieces…”
Ummm…no. That is no where near where I would be. But that is who Jesus asks for. So perhaps the kingdom of God is of those who have been broken on the corner stone. Perhaps that in and of itself is the first fruits of the Kingdom of God.
And of course, there is the other side of the chief corner stone. The bottom…coming down on people that have not administered the Kingdom of God as He desires. So he scatters those folks…decimates them…utterly destroys them and their agendas, their desires, their purposes…gone. Dust is left.
If you’ve ever dropped a book or something heavy on a dusty floor or on a dirt covered ground you have seen this verse in practicality. A small cloud of dust scatters from underneath the heavy object.
What’s your decision? Broken or scattered? Tough choice I guess.
He is the stone which was rejected by you, the builders, but which became the chief corner stone.” (Acts 4:11 NASB)
Luke makes sure he quotes Peter as he is speaking to a group of religious leaders, maybe even some of the same folks that heard what Jesus had to say about the corner stone earlier. He then labels Jesus Christ as the chief corner stone…just to be sure they are aware of who that God-Man was.
Now as they observed the confidence of Peter and John and understood that they were uneducated and untrained men, they were amazed, and began to recognize them as having been with Jesus. (Acts 4:13 NASB)
These religious folks saw “the confidence of Peter and John.” My question for you is, from our perspective today, do we believe that this confidence is Peter’s and John’s flesh performing, or is this the very Spirit of God working and speaking through Peter and John, stating these truths of Christ and His Purposes?
That is a leading question, of course. I think we can agree that this was the power of the Lord through Peter and John.
It goes on to say in verse 13 that it was pretty obvious that Peter and John had been with Jesus. They missed the fact that Jesus Christ was actually the One they were hearing and seeing through these men.
A beautiful picture of those of the Body who have attached to the Head and express from His Source and His Life. It may look offensive or distasteful to the status quo, but it is from the Lord.
And coming to Him as to a living stone which has been rejected by men, but is choice and precious in the sight of God, you also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
For this is contained in Scripture: “Behold, I lay in Zion a choice stone, a precious corner stone, and he who believes in Him will not be disappointed.” This precious value, then, is for you who believe; but for those who disbelieve, “The stone which the builders rejected, this became the very corner stone,” and, “A stone of stumbling and a rock of offense”; for they stumble because they are disobedient to the word, and to this doom they were also appointed.
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; for you once were not a people, but now you are the people of God; you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. (1Peter 2:4-10 NASB)
Remember, saints, we are to proclaim the excellencies of Him! When we gather and when we are a part of our shared life communities, proclaim His excellencies! When you fellowship with other believers or non-believers, do not be afraid to share and proclaim His excellencies! They are numerous. They are beautiful!
So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God’s household, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the corner stone, in whom the whole building, being fitted together, is growing into a holy temple in the Lord, in who you also are being built together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit.” (Ephesians 2:19-22 NASB)
As Christ is our corner stone, may we allow the breaking of ourselves to help us fit and be built together with the Body of Christ, so that His excellencies may be proclaimed and that He may dwell in and amongst us.
Jesus Christ is the foundation on which His Temple is built.
He is the Chief Corner Stone in which all other stones are aligned.