The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone.
David gave a profound prophecy in this statement as he spoke of the coming Messiah. While the Scribes, Pharisees, and Sadducees were busy controlling the temple and the synagogues with Jewish traditions, they failed to recognize the very thing for which they hoped. In doing so, they rejected the cornerstone for which their faith was to be built – Jesus. While they succeeded in building religion, they rejected the relationship that gives us the key to the kingdom of God.
Our faith is meaningless without the cornerstone of Jesus Christ. This one crucial relationship gives us access to the throne room of heaven and stands as a mediator for our sins. Without His righteousness and His sacrifice, we have nothing in which to place our faith. All of our rituals, traditions, customs, and motions of religion are null and void.
With Christ as our cornerstone, however, we have everything! He came to give life abundantly and will withhold no good thing from us. He came to make us whole and not fragmented people who strive to maintain empty religious practice. He gives our lives purpose and will fill us with passion to really live. He changes every test into a testimony and gives us hope through His resurrection that God is at work in the most difficult places we must face.
Unless the LORD builds a house, its builders labor over it in vain…
If we are building on anything less than the cornerstone of Jesus Christ, we are building in vain. We must put our relationship with Him first in everything we do, or we are bound to fail. God will not build upon any other foundation, and if He isn’t in it, we don’t want it. Without Him, we have nothing but rubble in the making.
Put Christ first on your schedule today. Make sure you spend quality time with Him at the beginning of each day. His is the relationship you should nurture most because from it flows all other relationships. When your relationship with Him is held together firmly, He holds all others together in their proper place. Enjoy your time with Him today, and build upon the things He shows you.
Have a blessed day!