The Cornerstone


Psalm 118:14-24

14 The Lord is my strength and my defense[a];
    he has become my salvation. 15 Shouts of joy and victory
    resound in the tents of the righteous:
“The Lord’s right hand has done mighty things!
16 The Lord’s right hand is lifted high;
    the Lord’s right hand has done mighty things!”
17 I will not die but live,
    and will proclaim what the Lord has done.
18 The Lord has chastened me severely,
    but he has not given me over to death.
19 Open for me the gates of the righteous;
    I will enter and give thanks to the Lord.
20 This is the gate of the Lord
 through which the righteous may enter.
21 I will give you thanks, for you answered me;
 you have become my salvation.

22 The stone the builders rejected
 has become the cornerstone;
23 the Lord has done this,
 and it is marvelous in our eyes.
24 The Lord has done it this very day;
 let us rejoice today and be glad.


The stone that was rejected has become our salvation.


In light of yesterday’s celebration of the resurrection of our Lord we can see that the rejected stone has become our salvation — our cornerstone! It is our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who is our strength and defense. It’s time for shouts of joy for Jesus has done mighty things. He has become victorious over sin and death!  We will not die but we will live because of what he has done for us.

We realize our inadequacies but he still saves us and takes us on a pathway that leads toward him. Yes, the stone that the religious leaders did not want — the Messiah that did not fit their understanding became the cornerstone. He is risen from the dead — and it is marvelous!

The Cornerstone has been laid — He is Risen! “Let us rejoice today and be glad.”


Lord, today we rejoice in our risen Lord!  Amen.

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