Considering the Names of Jesus: Chief Cornerstone

Every Sunday for many years we sang the following song and chorus as an opening song at church.

This is the day, this is the day.
That the Lord has made, that the Lord has made.
And be glad in it, and be glad in it, 
This is the day that the Lord has made, we will rejoice and be glad in it.
This is the day, this is the day,
That the Lord has made!

As often as we sang this song we only related it to the “Day” Sunday . Boy did we ever miss the full importance of this “Day” that was being referred to. Psalm 118:19-24 gives us the fuller context. “Open to me the gates of righteousness, that I may enter through them and give thanks to the Lord. This is the gate of the Lord; the righteous shall enter through it.” {That gate is the way Christ opened to us, His redeemed, by His atoning sacrifice on the cross and His resurrection}.” I thank you that you have answered me and have become my salvation. THE STONE THAT THE BUILDERS REJECTED HAS BECOME THE CORNERSTONE.  This is the Lord’s doing; it is marvelous in our eyes. THIS IS THE DAY THAT THE LORD HAS MADE; LET IS REJOICE AND BE GLAD IN IT.”

This is the Day of Lent when our Savior died and opened the way,the gates as it were, to God. Full Salvation was procured on that “DAY” So as we sing let us always remember. This was that Day. 

The low and insignificant despite having been rejected, is exalted to the Chief place. Jesus applies this passage to Himself. 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 is marvelous in our eyes”? see also Mark 12:10. Luke 20:17. Peter expands on this in Acts 4:10-12 “ let it be known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead,——.  THIS IS THE STONE THAT WAS REJECTED BY YOU BUILDERS, WHICH HAS BECOME THE CHIEF CORNERSTONE. NOR IS SALVATION FOUND IN ANY OTHER, FOR THERE IS NO OTHER NAME UNDER HEAVEN GIVEN AMONG MEN BY WHICH WE MUST BE SAVED. 

Now we are part of that building. Ephesians 2:20-22 having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets. Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone, in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also being built together for a dwelling  place of God in the Spirit. Even now.

Have a blessed Easter. From a friend of the Chapel.

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Names of God: Cornerstone

Cornerstone
shared by Harry Rodenberger

 

And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;
Ephesians 2:20 (KJV)

Internet Examples of Cornerstone references:

Ballard Marine Construction Inc. – Washougal, WA

BALLARD is seriously committed to our employees and understands that team work is the cornerstone and fundamental driving force behind our organization’s…

 

ONE Gas, Inc – Hugo, OK

a division of ONE Gas, Inc., was founded in 1906,and is the cornerstone of one of the oldest corporations in Oklahoma. Oklahoma Natural Gas Company*….

 

 

The Animal League – Leesburg, FL

Kindness and care for animals and respect for the client is a cornerstone of this organization. The Animal League has been in the business of advocating for our

 

BAC Construction Services LLC. – Minneapolis, MN 55426

Providing excellent customer service is the cornerstone of our success. APPLICANTS MUST APPLY IN PERSON TO BE CONSIDERED.*….

 

from The Editors of Encyclopædia Britannica

Cornerstone, ceremonial building block, usually placed ritually in the outer wall of a building to commemorate its dedication. Sometimes the stone is solid, with date or other inscription. More typically, it is hollowed out to contain metal receptacles for newspapers, photographs, currency, books, or other documents reflecting current customs, with a view to their historical use when the building is remodeled or demolished.

The cornerstone of Boniface Church, Aachen, Ger.

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Norbert Schnitzler

Until the development of modern construction, the stone was usually at a corner, possibly as the first of the foundation stones and it was a real support. The modern cornerstone need not actually support, need not be positioned at a corner, and need not be part of the foundation; often it is placed ornamentally in the facade or in an interior wall or floor.

From the original position and function of the cornerstone arose figures of speech in many languages referring to cornerstones or foundation stones of character, faith, liberty, or other excellence. Early customs connected with cornerstones were related to study of the stars and their religious significance. Buildings were laid out with astronomical precision in relation to points of the compass, with emphasis on corners. Cornerstones symbolized “seeds” from which buildings would germinate and rise.

Various religious rituals and Bible references spread and perpetuated the cornerstone custom. Ceremonies have been marked with processions, sacrifices, sprinklings of blood and water, and wide participation by rulers, priests, and other dignitaries who used the mason’s trowel, often made of gold or silver.

LAKE HAVASU CITY, ARIZONA—

In 1962, London Bridge was falling down. Built in 1831, the bridge couldn’t handle the ever-increasing flow of traffic across the Thames River. The British government decided to put the bridge up for sale, and Robert McCulloch, Founder of Lake Havasu City, Arizona, and Chairman of McCulloch Oil Corporation, submitted the winning bid of $2,460,000. McCulloch then spent another $7 million to have it moved to the community he established in 1964.

The bridge was dismantled, and each stone was numbered. Everything was shipped 10,000 miles to Long Beach, California, and then trucked to Lake Havasu City. Reconstruction began on September 23, 1968, with a ceremony including the Lord Mayor of London, who laid the cornerstone.

 

And now from Harry himself:

HE IS THE TOP LINE AND HE IS THE BOTTOM LINE…THE ALPHA AND OMEGA…. THE BEGINNING AND THE END….

HE WAS BORN OF A VIRGIN….WORKED AND LIVED AMONG US …WAS CRUCIFIED…DIED …BURIED AND ROSE FROM THE DEAD!

HE IS THE CORNERSTONE THAT WILL NEVER FAIL!

HE IS THE ARTIST …. THE WORLD IS HIS CANVAS!

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Advent 2015: Jesus as Headstone of the Corner

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

Constructing a corner is complicated business: joining two right angle pieces together in such a way that the resulting union is stronger than either one alone.   The corner piece, whether it is a pole with bracing in the case of field fencing, or a large stone in the case of a building, must be strong enough to hold and support the joined structure together.

In the case of the psalmist, he describes one such large stone that seemed such a “misfit” that it was rejected by the builders as being unusable.  However, once the construction started, it was clear the stone was cut and created exactly for the purpose of becoming the foundational support, and was desperately needed for the project to be able to continue.   It, in fact, fit the need perfectly.

A “cornerstone” installation has become a common ceremonial task with any new building construction to this day.  Even if it has no functional significance to the strength of the building, (it is most often just a plaque with the name and date of the building), it does help bear the emotional weight of the effort made to plan, design, and fund new construction that is finally becoming reality.

It is tempting as well to treat Jesus as a ceremonial headstone of the corner, as there is plenty of emotion in the nativity story during Advent.  Who cannot hear the Christmas story without feeling sentimental and awestruck?  But He is no ritual plaque in the side of the wall, simply a reason for a celebratory ceremony and then everyone goes home while someone else finishes the construction.  Jesus is the real foundation, the only foundation we have to build on, and his birth demands that we build His church upon Him, rolling up our sleeves and getting dirty and sweaty in the process.  Like the headstone of the psalm, He absolutely was rejected by the pharisees as a misfit for His time, unacknowledged for the strength He bore alone in joining disparate Jews and Gentiles together who had previously been at right angles to one another.

We cannot and must not make the same mistake again.

~Emily Gibson