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cornerstone[Peter said] “. . . then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed. Jesus is ‘the stone you builders rejected, which has become the cornerstone.’” [Acts 4:10-11, NIV]

This is the gate of the Lord
    through which the righteous may enter.
I will give you thanks, for you answered me;
    you have become my salvation.

The stone the builders rejected
    has become the cornerstone; . . . [Psalm 118:20-22, NIV]

gateOriginally, a cornerstone was foundational to the construction of a building because all other stones would be laid out in reference to it. Later, this stone became more ceremonial with inscriptions and time capsules and the like. I am sure that both Peter and the Old Testament writers were referencing the Messiah as a cornerstone to the faith in its most traditional sense. For the disciples, Jesus was the cornerstone for something very new upon which believers would build a church–a force of change. For the psalmist, the prediction would be that the One Messiah would be rejected (unrecognized for his assigned role to humanity) and despite being a way to God, the way would be closed. And yet, despite rejection, the foundational stone would remain and the “building” would grow.

We are living the outcome, for good and for ill. The “house” is still standing, rooted and grounded by the cornerstone. And inexplicably, this structure is also a gate. As soon as anyone links up with the cornerstone, that person becomes a “gate” for the next person to enter, to connect.

holdinghandsIt’s a strange metaphor when combined, and yet, I get it. In this picture, the gates (the people) are transparent but linked up. We are transparent because we want people to be able to see inside, to behold the glory as it were, the spark and flame of life.

Jesus, the cornerstone of the Church as it was meant to be. Jesus, the cornerstone of my life as it is meant to be as well. Come in. The way is open; the gate is open.

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Art by Walter Thomas Sacks

The path to Christ begins with the One God. The whole point of Christ’s presence in the world is based on the covenants, mandates, and promises of Yahweh. If there is no God, then Christ is a non-issue.

Galatians 2:20
I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

I know there are a lot of people who struggle with the idea of the Christ as the “only” way to God. And who am I to say that this is definitively true. However, it is clear to me that it is a way that God provided, a way that was established in the laws of the Jews (a people group who worshiped that One God through time immemorial).

If God is in the “house” then Christ is the door. If someone else wants to try to get in through the chimney or the plumbing, who am I to stop them?

Besides, it’s not just getting in, it’s relationship. The way of Christ opens the door as well as providing an automatic translator. The Christ spirit cleans up the signal.

But, like the teenagers in our home, no matter how many times I say that I can show them how to do something easier, they want to try it their way first. That’s fine. Sometimes, we need to go through the process, the cycle of learning. I did the same thing.

But now I know. I chose this way of Christ. I accepted the offer. I want to see it through. Amen.

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