For in Scripture it says: “See, I lay a stone in Zion, a chosen and precious cornerstone, and the one who trusts in him will never be put to shame.” Now to you who believe, this stone is precious.
Before I begin my devotions, I always pray that God will lead me into all truth and that any words I write here will be words from Him, not from me. I want to be very careful about what I say because the Word of God is not to be taken lightly. So when I write, it is always with trepidation and with an ear listening for guidance from the Holy Spirit so that I do not go off on a tangent, leading God's people astray. I take the discerning of Scripture very seriously. So let's look at the verses above, and I will attempt to convey what I heard the Holy Spirit telling me about this passage.
The chosen and precious cornerstone spoken above is Jesus Christ. How do we know this? Scripture confirms it (Acts 4:10-12; Ephesians 2:20-22; Isaiah 28:16). What is the importance of a cornerstone? The cornerstone (also known as the foundation stone) is the first stone set in constructing a masonry foundation. This stone is the most important in the structure because all the other stones will be set around this stone. So it determines the position of the entire structure.
Jesus is the Chief Cornerstone
If you have trusted Jesus as your Saviour, you are now part of the structure that Jesus is building, aka - the church. Everyone who trusts in Jesus will now have their lives aligned (or set) around Jesus. Everything about the individual's life who claims Jesus as Saviour (as their chief cornerstone) determines their entire position (worldview) of life. This is why Christians often seem like intolerant and impossible people to the world. Our view of life is "set in stone," as it were, based on the Word of God. And who is that Word? Jesus! (John 1:1; John 1:14). Our Chief Cornerstone. Therefore, we are built upon a solid foundation and need never be ashamed of that.
But this cornerstone has become a stumbling block to many, and the parallels in Scripture to modern construction today are astounding. Why?
Because the architects have