“From him comes the cornerstone,
From him the tent peg,
From him the battle bow,
From him every ruler together”
Zechariah referred to the coming Messiah as the cornerstone. A cornerstone is the stone which forms the base of a building. It supports the weight of the adjoining walls and is the set stone necessary to plum the rest of the building. If that stone is unstable, or too weak to support the weight of the structure, the building itself will collapse. If that stone is out of square, the entire building will be crooked. Every builder understood the importance of the cornerstone. Zechariah was not the only writer to refer to the Messiah as the cornerstone. Isaiah put it this way,
“Therefore thus says the Lord God:
“Behold, I lay in Zion a stone for a foundation,
A tried stone, a precious cornerstone, a sure foundation;
Whoever believes will not act hastily.”
The prophets are declaring Christ is the foundation stone we must build our lives upon. Other foundations are faulty and are not able to support our lives.
Years ago, we conducted an outreach in a Boys and Girls Club in England. After the event ended, I, and a handful of others, were discussing the gospel with some of the teenagers. I made the comment to a couple of young men, that they needed to receive Christ and He needed to be the foundation upon which they built their lives. Suddenly, our conversation was interrupted by an older man who declared he did not need Christ, he had recently undergone triple by-pass surgery, and his own strength and the support of his family was enough. He declared, his experience proved Christ was unnecessary for life.
Many build their lives on foundations other than Christ, and some even find these foundations are enough to support them through much of the difficulties of life. The question each one must face is, what about death? Your foundation may stand the test of time, but only Christ, as our chief cornerstone, will stand the test of eternity.
Friends, money, good health, and morality, may prove to be valid foundations for much of life, but they will not be enough come eternity. Christ alone is the cornerstone upon which eternal life is built. Have you trusted in yourself, your accomplishments, your morality, or have you trusted Christ as Savior, and given yourself over to Him as Lord?