November 04, 2018

Christ, the Cornerstone

Ephesians 2:19-22

You are . . . built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone.

—  Ephesians 2:19-20

Jesus, the Son of God who came to live among us and save us from the curse of sin and death, is “the chief cornerstone” of the building project that is God’s eternal kingdom. “God so loved the world” that he sent his Son on this mission (John 3:16), and he has become the cornerstone, with a specific purpose.

Nowadays we tend to overlook the importance of a cornerstone on a building because many construction techniques can be used to make sure a building will be level and plumb. But long ago, when builders were planning their projects, the importance of the cornerstone made all the difference. The orientation and angle of the cornerstone determined how the rest of the building would be built. If the building was not aligned with the cornerstone, the walls and corners and everything else would be askew.

When we read that Christ is the cornerstone, that means Jesus is our right and true foundation—perfect—and whatever is built in alignment with him will be right and true too.

Sometimes we think it is up to us to make sure everything measures up. But the Bible shows that because we are built up in Christ, we can be confident that not only do we belong but we also fit.

God, our Father, our lives are sometimes crooked and uneven, but you build us up in Christ—the most reliable, true, and solid foundation we could ever hope for. Thank you! In his name we pray. Amen.

About the author — Julia Prins Vanderveen

Julia Prins Vanderveen works and lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, with her husband, Trevor, and their three sons. Julia has served as a copastor with Trevor at a church in Vancouver. She is a campus pastor and a humanities teacher at the Vancouver Christian School.

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