Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the Scriptures:
“‘The stone the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone;
the Lord has done this,
and it is marvellous in our eyes’?
Matthew 21: 42
The passage Jesus quotes comes from Psalm 118 and Jesus applies these words to Himself – meaning that He is the stone that the builders rejected. The builders in this case are the Pharisees and chief priests. The Jewish leadership rejected the person who was their stone of salvation. They were not looking for a Messiah who was like Jesus as He did not fit their idea of a Saviour. Jesus is saying that even though He was rejected by them He became the cornerstone, the most important stone in a structure. At the time Jesus was ministering, construction techniques were less high-tech than today, and it was very tricky to make the ground under a building perfectly level. So builders would mark the lowest corner and that would be the location for the strongest and most important stone. This stone was the cornerstone, and it was placed at the corner of a wall uniting two intersecting walls to avoid the building falling apart. Jesus says that He is like the cornerstone in the building, He knits and cements the church together. He is the rock upon which the weight of the entire structure rests.
Prayer: Dear God, help us make you the cornerstone of our lives. We know that anything we build without you will not last. We want you to be our foundation. Please give me insight to know your will and the courage to accept it and live it in my daily life, especially when it is not easy or does not fit my idea of the way things should be. Amen.
Action: Let us be mindful not to reject something just because it does not fit in with our ideas like the Pharisees and chief priests did. Have we got a strong foundation relying on the cornerstone?