The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone. This was the Lord’s doing; it is marvelous in our eyes. Psalm 118:22-23
Together, we are His house, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets. And the cornerstone is Christ Jesus Himself. Ephesians 2:20
Suffering is a part of every Christian’s experience. But there’s wonderful news for the person who has stepped into tragedy. There is a Rock, and that Rock is Christ. He’s the sure foundation for our lives and for our churches. There’s no tragedy too great – no storm too violent for Him. He’s the secure foundation of our lives. When we’ve built our lives on Jesus, we can rest assured that we will ultimately have victory – whether it be in life or in death.
Both Paul and Peter understood this great truth. They wrote of Christ being the “chief cornerstone” of the church. They likened our position in Christ to that of the cornerstone of the temple. Paul said that we are being built upon Christ as our Cornerstone, and we’re held together by that Cornerstone. The cornerstone was the foundational stone that held up the walls of the great structures of the first century. And they were right. Both Paul and Peter were martyred because of their faith in Christ.
But death couldn’t stop the great move of God in the first century. Yes, Paul was perhaps the greatest missionary to ever live. Peter was God’s man on the day of Pentecost. But they weren’t the foundation stones of the church. Jesus was, is and always will be that chief Cornerstone. Satan can kill the leaders of the church, but He can’t destroy the church, because the church is built on an immovable, unshakable Cornerstone – Jesus. Christ is risen, and nothing is too difficult for the resurrected Christ.
There’s no storm too severe that it will be able to destroy you if you’ve built your life on the Chief Cornerstone. The winds of adversity may blow across your path. The rains of problems may descend upon your life. The stress of life may rise like a mighty raging flood. But when you’ve built your life on the Chief Cornerstone, you’ll stand in the midst of the storm. And just like many followers, that Cornerstone will lift you out of despair into victory.