Jesus is recorded as quoting from the Old Testament books of Deuteronomy, Exodus and Isaiah, but the book that He quoted from the most is the book of Psalms. Psalm 118:22-23 says:
22 The stone that the builders rejected has now become the cornerstone. 23 This is the Lord’s doing, and it is wonderful to see.
Jesus quotes those verses in Matthew 21, Mark 12 and Luke 20 in reference to Himself. In ancient building, the cornerstone was the most important stone in the construction. Placed in the “corner” of the building it was normally the largest and most sturdy of all. The whole church is built upon Jesus – He literally is the cornerstone of our faith.
The book of Isaiah contains a great deal of prophecy about Jesus and uses the cornerstone analogy in Isaiah 28:16:
Therefore, this is what the Sovereign Lord says: “Look! I am placing a foundation stone in Jerusalem,[d] a firm and tested stone. It is a precious cornerstone that is safe to build on. Whoever believes need never be shaken.[e]
Jesus truly is the only safe place to build our lives. Putting our faith and security in anything else will leave us lacking. We often look for so many other things in life to put our trust in – our family, our job, our economic status, etc. Those things, along with a lot of others like addictions and compulsions, can become the things we give our lives to and serve. But none of those are able to withstand the weight of our need. We were created in the image of God to love and serve God. Apart from Him, our lives don’t work, but the most amazing thing to me about God is that He doesn’t just wait for us to figure that out; He pursues us relentlessly.
I love the song “Reckless Love” by Cory Asbury. Our worship team introduced it to us a while back and it’s one of those songs that gets stuck in my head. In closing, here are a few of the lyrics that to me, speak of a God “whose faithful love endures forever.”
Reckless Love (Cory Asbury)
Before I spoke a word, You were singing over me You have been so, so good to me Before I took a breath, You breathed Your life in me You have been so, so kind to me
Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God Oh, it chases me down, fights 'til I'm found, leaves the ninety-nine I couldn't earn it, and I don't deserve it, still, You give Yourself away Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God, yeah
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