2 Corinthians 12:9a And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.”
I am passionate about God’s word and sharing it with others. Whether in speaking or in writing, I want to always point others to the One who has given me the sufficient grace to overcome anything.
Saturday, May 27, 2017
Jesus the Cornerstone
speaks of stones in many places, they all point to one person, Jesus
A Stone for
a pillow: Genesis 28:10-12 (NKJV)10 Now
Jacob went out from Beersheba and went toward Haran. 11 So he
came to a certain place and stayed there all night, because the sun had set.
And he took one of the stones of that place and put it at his head, and he lay
down in that place to sleep. 12 Then he dreamed, and behold, a
ladder was set up on the earth, and its top reached to heaven; and there
the angels of God were ascending and descending on it.
Jesus, was Jacob’s pillow, and when he woke,
he had a dream about a way to Heaven, Jesus said “I am the way the truth and
the life, no one comes to the Father but by me.
the Law: Exodus 24:12 (NKJV) 12 Then
the Lord said to Moses, “Come up
to Me on the mountain and be there; and I will give you tablets of stone, and
the law and commandments which I have written, that you may teach them.”
Jesus was the only perfect person to walk the
earth.The purpose for the law was not
to give us a way to get to Heaven, but to show us that we can never achieve
God’s perfection.We have all broken the
law, some of us more than others, but the bible also says that if we have
broken one, we are guilty of all.
Jesus, having lived a sinless life, dying on
the cross, taking our sins on Himself, then rising to life on the third day,
defeated death and sin.Because He was
perfect, when we accept Him, He becomes the way for us to get to Heaven through
Remembrances: Joshua 4:5-7 (NKJV)5 and
Joshua said to them: “Cross over before the ark of the Lord your God into the midst of the Jordan, and each one of you take up
a stone on his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of the children
of Israel, 6 that this may be a sign among you when your
children ask in time to come, saying, ‘What do these stones mean to
you?’ 7 Then you shall answer them that the waters of the
Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord; when it crossed over the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut
off. And these stones shall be for a memorial to the children of Israel
The Israelites had to cross a river to step
foot into the Promised Land.The problem
was the river was a flood stage when they got to it.God gave the people instructions on what to
do.They were to send to priests with
the Arc of the Covenant ahead of the people, and stand in the middle of the
River.God pulled back the water, much
like the parting of the Red Sea, and they crossed that flooded river on dry ground.
To remember what God had done for them,
Joshua instructed a representative from each of the tribes to take a “stone”
which in reality were huge rocks from the center of the river and set them on
the banks inside of their Promised Land.They were to leave the rocks there as a memorial, stones of remembrance,
so that for generations to come they would be reminded of what God had done.Jesus is not just the stone of the Law, or
the stone of access to Heaven.He is
everything.He is the cornerstone or
foundation.He is God.
I have taken a small stone and written on it
some things He has done for me in the past to remind me that He will be
faithful to me no matter what I will ever go through.
Stone or Stumbling Block? 1 Peter 2:7-8 (NASB)7 This
precious value, then, is for you who believe; but for those who disbelieve,
which the buildersrejected, This became the
very cornerstone,”8 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.
more precious than gold or silver, more valuable than diamonds or pearls, is a
stumbling block.How can that even
be?I have often wondered why people who
are atheists are so vocal about removing Jesus from schools, government
buildings, and any public place.They
are hateful and adamant in their view.If someone who doesn’t believe in God, why do they care I wondered? Now
it makes perfect sense to me.They are
trying to avoid the stumbling block that He is, but they never truly can, and
therefore they are never at peace.
But what about the believer?How does a follower of Jesus find Him a
stumbling block?I know there have been
times when I was 100% not doing what God was telling me to do, (sin).I avoided Him, I didn’t read the Bible, I
didn’t listen to what He was telling through friends, and other sources, and I
stumbled through life until I had turned from my sin and back to my walk with
Jesus.Am I the only one who has found
Jesus to be a stumbling block?I suspect
that is higher. Psalm
61:1-2 (KJV) 61 Hear my cry, O God; attend
unto my prayer.2 From the end of the earth will I cry
unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher
This has been one of my life’s verses since
my losses.I have it taped up in several
places in my home and in my office.Jesus is the Rock that is higher than I, He is higher than anything, and
when I do get overwhelmed, He is there.He is the steady rock that I cling to.