“The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone. This was the Lord’s doing; It is marvelous in our eyes. This is the day that the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” The cornerstone is the primary stone placed at the corner of a building’s foundation.
In our June 28th reading, Isaiah prophesied of the coming Messiah by referring to Him as the Cornerstone. ”Therefore thus says the Lord God: “Behold, I lay in Zion a stone for a foundation, a tried stone,
a precious cornerstone, a sure foundation; Whoever believes will not act hastily.’” (Isaiah 28:16)
Later in the Story after Jesus is crucified and raised from the dead He will reunite with Peter. Peter will declare “You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God.” (Matthew 16:16) Then Jesus will call Himself the Cornerstone; the foundation for those who put their faith and trust in Him. And the church will be built on the proclamation of Jesus Christ as Savior. “And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” (Matthew 16:18)
Then after Jesus’s ascension to heaven, when John and Peter are standing before the Jewish Council, Peter will rebuke the Jewish leaders by saying, “This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone. And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:11-12)
Paul will explain to new believers that Jesus is the cornerstone of the church, ”So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.” (Ephesians 2:19-22)
The only way to salvation is through Jesus Christ the Cornerstone…”because, 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. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.” (Romans 10:9-10)