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Jesus is the Cornerstone.  All who believe in Him will be saved.

Romans 9:32b-33 “They have stumbled over the stumbling stone, as it is written, ‘Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense; and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.’”

“Cornerstone” is a popular reference to Jesus in the Bible.  The New Testament writers refer to Psalm 118:22 which names Christ as the rejected cornerstone.  Then Paul and Peter tell their readers in the New Testament that our “Cornerstone” has become the “Stumbling Stone” to many.  Why does Jesus’ very existence as our Savior cause so many to stumble?  The answer comes in His very own words, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6)  It is offensive to natural man to be told that he cannot get to God on his own terms, that his sin is so detestable that he needs a Savior like Jesus to eradicate his sin.  It is also offensive to man to think that there aren’t many ways to God.  Popular ideas state that there are a myriad of ways up the mountain and that one need only find his or her path to heaven in order to be gladly greeted there.  The teaching Paul is presenting to the Jews and to us in this passage says that this is not true and it offends human nature at its core.  However, we must know this above all else:  Jesus plus anything else equals hell.  Jesus alone, grace alone through faith alone brings eternity with God.  “Whoever believes in Him will not be put to shame.”

Study/Meditation:  In what specific ways have you seen today’s society stumble over the Cornerstone?  Why do you think this is so?

*Father, thank You for Your Son, the Cornerstone, who supplied the only way that I can live in eternity with You.  Amen.