“The stone that the builders rejected
has now become the cornerstone.
This is the Lord’s doing,
and it is wonderful to see.
This is the day the Lord has made.
We will rejoice and be glad in it.”
My grandfather was one of five children. One of his brothers was a builder, the other a plumber. His two sisters were factory workers during the Great Depression. Papa worked at the Lebanon Steel Foundry for most of his career. He loved working with his hands. As kids, my brother and I enjoyed watching him work in his shop which was located in the garage. “A place for everything and everything in its place.” Those words still echo in recesses of my mind.
He had a way of taking things that people threw out and making something useful out of them. We had a small windmill in our yard that he made out of scrap metal. The wind would hit the blades causing the crank to turn. The crank was attached to a silhouette of a wood cutter who held a small ax made out of wood. When the wind blew, it looked as though the wood cutter was chopping wood. My grandpa saw the importance of taking things that others discarded and making them the foundational parts of his projects.
The purpose of a cornerstone is to unite two walls at the corner of a building, holding it together. “Without a cornerstone, a building cannot stand,” the Apostle Peter testifies to the Jewish high council in Jerusalem in Acts 4:11. He clearly states that Jesus is the one the Psalmist referred to in Psalm 118.
Jesus is the stone that the religious council had rejected. They did not believe he was the Son of God. They tried him, beat him, and killed him. But God raised Him from the dead, and He became the cornerstone of the church. Jesus is the foundation on which the church is built.
During this Advent season, ask yourself if you are rejecting Jesus as the stone on which your life must be built. Do you rejoice and be glad in the day that you received this gift of Jesus into your heart? Jesus is the cornerstone. He will continue to build his church upon himself. Will you be a part of that building project?