20 Nov 2018
The Chief Cornerstone
Psalm 118 praises the Lord for the unending love He has for His people. It was sung by Jewish people at the end of the Passover celebration. Therefore, it is likely that Jesus and His disciples sang it before He went to the Garden of Gethsemane to await His betrayer’s kiss.
“And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives” (Matthew 26:30; Mark 14:26).
In Matthew 23:39, Jesus echoes the words of Psalm 118:26 when he says: “For I say to you, you shall see Me no more till you say, ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’” Many believe that we will all sing these words when Jesus returns.
Psalm 118:22-23 includes familiar words about the rejected stone, and Peter develops the picture of the capstone in 1 Peter 2:6-8. Jesus applied these verses to Himself because His own people rejected Him. However, He later became the foundation stone of God’s new house: the Church.
“Jesus said to them, ‘Have you never read in the Scriptures: “The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone. This was the Lord’s doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes”?’” (Matthew 21:42).
Psalm 118:27 (NIV) declares:
“The Lord is God, and he has made his light shine on us. With boughs in hand, join in the festal procession up to the horns of the altar.”
I stand amazed by the way the Old Testament, written hundreds, even thousands, of years before Jesus’ birth, gives precise details about the words He would speak, events that would happen to Him, and events that are yet to be fulfilled by Him.
Pause and reflect: God prepared the way for Jesus over many centuries. Are you following Him today, as we wait patiently for His return?