Cornerstone


Therefore thus saith the Lord God, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste (Isaiah 28:16).

I first heard Cornerstone, also known as Jesus is the Cornerstone in the late 1970s on a Gospel singing show in Chattanooga.  I believe the Speer family were the singers although time has clouded my memory a bit. Hence, I have heard it sung a few times in church though not in years.  It seems the song, which has strong Biblical truth, is not as popular as it was about a quarter century ago.  Still, Cornerstone has found a spot in my heart.

Jesus Christ was made the chief cornerstone of His church with his atoning death on the cross.  This laying of the cornerstone was prophesied in Isaiah 28:16 and in Zechariah 10:4. We read in 1 Peter 2:6-7 Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded. Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner.

Because Christ is the cornerstone, there is no hope in any other stone (god or work of man). This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner.  Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved (Acts 4:11-12). For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is (1 Cor 3:11-13).  As the cornerstone, Christ also made it a stone to bring down those that do not believe in Him to be redeemed. And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient (1 Peter 2:8).

We can take hold of hope today and tomorrow since Christ is the chief cornerstone and the foundation of our belief and His church. Whatever befalls us He has already gave us a sure foundation. Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his (2 Tim 2:19a).  We know that the gates of Hell shall not prevail against His church (Matthew 16:18). So, stand on the Cornerstone; He will not fail you.

The words and music of Cornerstone were penned by Lari Goss in 1976 (copyright 1976 Bridge Building Music, Inc.). 

Jesus is the Cornerstone,
He came for sinners to atone;
Tho’ rejected by His own,
He became the Cornerstone.

O Jesus is the Cornerstone.

When I am by trial oppressed,
On the Stone I am at rest;
When the seeds of truth are sown,
He remains the Cornerstone.

Jesus is the Cornerstone.

O Rock of Ages oh cleft for me,
Oh let me hide myself in Thee;
O Rock of Ages so secure,
And for all time it shall endure;
Till the children reach their home,
He remains the Cornerstone.

Till the breaking of the dawn,
Oh til all footsteps have ceased to roam;
Ever let the truth be known,
That Jesus is the Cornerstone.

Jesus is the Cornerstone.

Till the breaking of the dawn,
Oh til all footsteps have ceased to roam;
Ever let His truth be known,
That Jesus is the Cornerstone.

My Jesus is the Cornerstone!

Sources: King James Version of the Bible

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