Christ holds many titles throughout the Bible.
These are just a few titles, but one that should stick out during this season is that Christ is our Rock
(1 Corinthians 10:4). Christ is our rock in this time of trouble. He is a constant presence. He is strong. He is sturdy. He is sure. However, did you know that there are two types of rocks that Christ is referred to in the Bible? In fact, Christ refers to Himself as these during His earthly ministry. The concept behind these two rocks differ greatly from each other, yet they both hold great meaning to how we will approach Christ's words and our relationship with Him during these and other times in our lives.
Christ is referred to as the cornerstone in Psalms 118:22, Matthew 21:42, Acts 4:11, Ephesians 2:20 and 1 Peter 2:6. A cornerstone was a foundational element of any major building, especially the temple. It was both something that held up the building but also something everyone could see and recognize. Christ will hold us up today if we let Him. When we submit to Him as our foundation, others will see His effect on our lives and we will see it, too.
Psalm 118:22 talks of Christ as the cornerstone that was rejected. Yet, even in rejection, Christ became the chief foundation for all who would believe on God. Because He is God and His ways should be our ways. His covenant is the only covenant. Will we embrace that covenant this day?
In Matthew 21:42, Jesus refers back to the above Psalm, solidifying its place in prophecy and declaring himself the only way, truth and life for those who want a sure foundation. He also proclaims in this chapter that He will find a people who will found themselves on His life and principles. Will we reject Him or establish His ways in our lives?
In Acts 4:11, Peter proclaims the identity of Christ as cornerstone in much the same way. He does this not from the safety of the kings court like the Psalmist nor as the One True God as Christ. He does so as a witness before his accusers and those who would hear his testimony. Whether we face persecution, skepticism, accusation, intrigue or earnestness; we must proclaim who Christ is in our lives and what He can be in the lives of others when the opportunity arises.
In Ephesians 2:20, Paul tells us we become a part of the foundation for future generations and those who would embrace Christ. Our words and actions today, will bless those around us in the present, and those who come after us in the generations to come. Even so, Christ remains the key foundation and we must remember our place in the Kingdom - His Kingdom - cannot supplant the role Jesus holds. He is the one who died for our sins. He is the one who rose again. He is the one who is coming back again. I cannot do that. You cannot do that. Only Jesus - the One True God - can do and be that for us today.
Finally, in 1 Peter 2:6, the Apostle Peter proclaims that if we believe and found ourselves on Christ the Cornerstone, we will not be confounded. That means we will not be put to shame, we will not be dishonored or disgraced and we will not be disappointed. We may have felt shame in some of the decisions made in our lives. We may have found dishonor or disgraced ourselves with our words or actions. And life may have given us some disappointing results along the way. With Christ as our foundation, though, shame will flee. Grace and honor will flood into our lives. Disappointment will fade away. Christ wants to make our lives full and fulfilling. All we have to do is believe on Him this day and commit to making him our foundation. If we do, we will not be shaken. We will not be moved. We will stand firm and know that He is our God.
I hope this devotion has blessed you this day and I look forward to sharing Part 2 with you tomorrow. I know this isn't a typical Easter Devotion. However, Christ came to save us and set Himself as our foundation. He did so by living as an example, dying as our sacrifice and raising up as our savior. He did this all to establish Himself as our cornerstone and so we could have access to that firm foundation. Let Him be that to you today. God bless and keep searching.
To go along with this devotion, we have included a song from Hillsong. Enjoy and be blessed:
Chris Farris is the author of The Way, a manual detailing how to implement the Beatitudes into your life. He review events and other media and offers other insights into writing and working for the Kingdom of God.