‘The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone’ (LK 20.17)
Cornerstone: “A stone placed at the corner of the building to bear the stress and weight of the two walls. Thus, it is the crucial stone in the building.” — Expositor’s Bible Commentary
God has placed Jesus Christ as the cornerstone in our lives to carry the stress and weight of all we must carry, like a load bearing wall in a building which conducts weight from upper structures to the foundation. Jesus doesn’t expect us to bear the full weight of our trials. Our afflictions can be so much lighter if we can remember that Jesus desires to uphold us, like a mighty pillar lifting up a cathedral dome.
Our temptation in trials is to trust other things besides Christ to sustain us, to look to other things for refuge and comfort. But a double cheeseburger is only going to provide stress relief for about 1 minute and seven seconds – depending on how fast you eat. A new Land Rover or laptop might distract a bit longer, but nothing can sustain us like the One who upholds the universe by his Word.
Jesus said, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Mt 11.28-30).
Jesus longs to bear our loads. That’s why he invites us to come to him, be yoked to him and let him carry the weight. When Jesus is our cornerstone, he shoulders the stress; we enjoy the rest, for he endured the crushing weight of God’s wrath on the cross so we can enjoy God’s grace.
When we see Jesus face to face, he’ll say of our trials that seem so weighty now, “I bore the heavy part, but I let you experience just enough to keep you seeking me. I let you carry just enough to shape you into my likeness. You experienced .001%, while I handled the rest.”
So keep resting on the Cornerstone, the Load-Bearer, whose everlasting arms are always underneath you.
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