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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
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).