Friday, March 2, 2018
"having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ being the chief cornerstone," Ephesians 2:20 NKJV
I know what a cornerstone is. Do you? I am about to tell you, and I am excited that I actually know this and I didn't have to look it up. When I was a child we went to the Presbyterian Church in Smithtown. While there a Christian Education Building was added to the original.
A huge cornerstone was placed on the side. It held some time capsule items so that if anyone in the future were to find it, they would know what 1966 was like. Why any one would want to know is their business. I'm trying to be funny. My humor is so dry I have to tell you when to laugh. Anyway, the cornerstone more importantly held the entire building up.
When the Apostle Paul writes about buildings he probably referred to the massive builds in Rome. A cornerstone was of utmost importance, and had to be stronger than any others. When he writes about Jesus being our cornerstone, we know this means the best, the finest character, the purest man to ever live is where we rest.
The one that we rest in, is more real that the things we now see with our natural eye. All things that we can touch and feel will be tossed aside, when the true light of heaven has come. Since this chapter of Ephesians is all about the building of the body of Christ, it makes sense to end with Jesus.
He gives equality to all believers as we have been been reading the past few weeks. The coming together of Gentile and Jew is a major sign of putting behind the old, to embrace the new.
Jesus makes us all the same, no religious distinction, no hierarchy, no difference between sex or country. No cultural distinctions, or barriers can keep us away from being close to God. We are striped of our titles, or characters or any other influence of this world. What has made you popular or unlikeable means nothing when we are before God.
When we get right down to the nitty gritty, the things that matter the most are all things that we cannot see. Of course people are important, and the most important part of people is their spirit. It is invisible. God is invisible at least for the time being. Right now we are here, in the midst of the not so real. He is here with us!