A choir performed a special number once a year at a church I attended years ago. The unique thing about this special choir number was all former choir members were invited back to sing one special song titled “Cornerstone.” I have to say it was one of my favorite Sundays of the year.
When former choir members joined current members, the sound was off the chart. It sounded glorious, as if sitting in heaven listening to angels sing. The combined sound was powerful and uplifting. I sure miss those days. I miss hearing that beloved song, “Cornerstone.”
Our verse of the day comes from Mark 12:10.
“Have you not read this Scripture: “The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone.”
Let’s dig into this one.
Let’s back up and get the context of the passage above. We need to look back at verses 1-8. Allow me to summarize those verses for you.
Jesus tells the leaders a parable about a man who planted a vineyard and leased it out to some tenants. When the man sent a servant there to get some of the vineyard’s fruit, the tenants beat the servant. The man sent more servants to get fruit, but they were beaten, and one was killed.
Finally, the man sent his son to the vineyard, thinking surely they wouldn’t kill his son. However, the tenants saw the son as the heir, and they killed him too.
Jesus asks the leaders what they think the man should do. Then he asks the question in our verse of the day.
“Have you not read in Scripture?”
Jesus is referring to Psalm 118:22, which says, “The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone.”
In Psalm 118:22, the rejected stone was Israel, but Jesus takes this Psalm and applies it to himself.
Who is the stone the builders rejected? Ultimately Jesus Christ.
Jesus suffered rejection by man, but God Almighty demonstrated his acceptance by making him the chief cornerstone.
Let me close with a few lines of the song, “Cornerstone,” for old time’s sake.
“My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness. I dare not trust the sweetest friend but wholly trust in Jesus’ name.
Christ alone, cornerstone, weak made strong, in the Savior’s love, through the storm He is Lord, Lord of all.”
I love it!
Father, thank you for the cornerstone, Jesus Christ. As I read the lyrics of that old familiar song, I am reminded of Jesus’ strength, his power, and his love for me. I also cherish sweet memories of the days the choir would gather together and sing this wonderful song. To you be the glory, Lord. In Jesus’ name, I pray, amen.
1 Corinthians 15:3-4, “For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received; that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures,”