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Spring 2014 Christ By as Robert the Meyer Stone A. I had the privilege some years ago to walk across the Mississippi River. No, it was not frozen. I walked across some stepping stones that had been placed there where the headwaters are. It is in Minnesota at the Itasca State Park. I have used stepping stones in several countries to get to someone's house or get to a church. They are great to have under your feet for stability and safety. Yet, since I was a child, I have stumbled on my share of stones. I have tripped over them, fallen on them and stubbed my toe on them. It can be painful when you experience these. Of course, it is even possible to break a bone from a fall on a stone. The Scriptures use a metaphor in describing the Lord Jesus Christ as The Stone. He stated in Matthew 21:42–44: 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? Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof. And whosoever shall fall on the stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to power. Here you have the Lord's first coming to earth as a meek servant. He was on the “ground” as a witness to Israel, preaching the Gospel of the kingdom and walking among them. However, they stumbled at His words. Also, you have the picture of His second coming when He returns in vengeance to end the Gentile rule over the earth. 1. Christ was the Stone of Israel. Genesis 49:24 (Joseph), But his bow abode in strength, and the arms of his hands were made strong by the hands of the mighty God of Jacob; (from thence is the shepherd, the stone of Israel:). 2.  Christ was a Rock to Israel in the wilderness. Deuteronomy 32:4, He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he. 1 Corinthians 10:4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ. 3.     Christ as the Stone of Israel was rejected by them. Psalm 118:22, The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner. From the song of Moses, we have Deuteronomy 32:15, But Jeshurun waxed fat, and kicked: thou art waxen fat, thou art grown thick, thou art covered with fatness; then he forsook God which made him, and lightly esteemed the Rock of his salvation. Note: Jeshurun is a poetic name for Israel meaning upright people. 4.     Christ is the Foundation Stone. Isaiah 28:16, 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. 5.     C hrist is the Cornerstone. Ephesians 2:20–22, And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit. 6.     C hrist is the Crushing Stone. (Daniel 2:34–35; 44–45) Daniel 2:34 …a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image… Daniel 2:35…and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth. Daniel 2:44… shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: Daniel 2:45…the great God hath made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter…. A chosen cornerstone is placed on a foundation of a building in which all the other stones/bricks can be properly lined up to it. Two walls (Jews and Gentiles?) running from a right angle of the stone are then erected.  As believers we have not stumbled on the Stone but we are standing on the Rock and as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ (see 1 Peter 2:1–8).