DECEMBER 26: THE CORNERSTONE

THE CORNERSTONE

By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

"Jesus saith unto them, 'Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord's doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes?"
Matthew 21:42

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Today's Read: Matthew 21
We find rich meaning in this passage through placement of context:
Christ is teaching in the temple, with the Pharisees and Elders in His midst. They are angered by His presence, threatened by His popularity, and embittered by His power. Questioning His authority, activity, and presence they scrutinize and demand answers from Him. Christ speaks in parables to them, subjecting Himself to no one, and provoking them further:
-He contrasts them with the publicans and prostitutes insisting on placing them "ahead" of the ranks in their realization of redemption through repentance.
-He speaks to them in painful parable about their abusive attempts to manage and control others through the law.
And if that isn't enough, He enlists Himself, as the "Chief Cornerstone" which the builders rejected, refused, and resisted.
He uncovers the motives and minds of men in order to make room for the greater discovery of Himself.
He calls a spade a spade,
And a cornerstone a cornerstone ...
And He lets everything fall out there.
His language is difficult and hard for the "law-abiders" but it's beautifully and wonderfully understood by the "law-breakers."
Mmmm ...
You just can't beat the power of redemption.
You just can't beat the Chief Cornerstone, Jesus Christ.
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Since the beginning of time God has determined to take what man casts out and away and do something magnificent and mighty with it. He has chosen  to captivate an audience of "sinners" and display His great and incomparable love, mercy, and judgement to them.
It is such a "wonder of wonders" that the breath of man ought to be taken away by it.
He did it with Christ and He shall do it with us;
He shall be glorified and satisfied by revealing Himself through "the refused and rejected."
And here He says it best and in the simplest of terms:
"But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to not things which are. That no flesh should glory in His presence, but of Him are ye in Christ Jesus who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption; That according as it is written, 'He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.'"
1 Corinthians 1:27-31
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Do you see yourself as nothing?
Well then ...you shall find yourself in a highly favored rank by the Master Himself who shall show Himself wondrously through you for this precise reason.
God be praised.
Let all those whose reliance is firmly placed in the foundational Cornerstone of Jesus Christ rejoice!
-Your Redeemer draweth near.
-Your Stone is solid, sure, and complete.
-Your soul will be preserved by the unshakeable and unbreakable "Rock."
To Him be all praise.
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Three Study Suggestions:
1) Highlight a key promise contained in today's read.
2) Christmas rests on the solid foundational cornerstone of Jesus Christ.
Utilizing the word "Christmas" - create an acrostic of the word and record on a stone all that Christ is and has done for you.
3) Get alone this Christmas season and assess your life.
Choose your "Cornerstone" carefully;
Everything rests on it.