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Thursday, March 16, 2017

CHRIST, THE CORNERSTONE

Let me clearly state to all of you and to all the people of Israel that he was healed by the powerful name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, the man you crucified but whom God raised from the dead. For Jesus is the one referred to in the Scriptures, where it says, ‘The stone that you builders rejected has now become the cornerstone.’ There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:10-12 New Living Translation
     A cornerstone unites two walls at the corner of a building, thus holding the building together. Without a cornerstone the building could not stand. Jesus is the cornerstone of the Christian faith and that is solely because the Jews rejected him as their Messiah. 
    This portion of scripture above is an account of Peter and John before the council of all the religious leaders of Israel. These are the same men who had Peter and John arrested for speaking of a resurrection of the dead thru Christ. Notice that Peter very pointedly and unabashedly said that it was the religious leaders who crucified Jesus. He followed with the fact that what they killed God raised to new life. This tells me that mortal man cannot thwart whatever God wishes to take place. It was necessary for Christ to shed his blood so that the sins of man could be cleansed, both Jew and Gentile (or non-Jew).
     The next statement is not universally agreed upon among all religions. It is the statement that no one other than Jesus Christ can forgive sin and provide the way to our eternal home with the Father. This is a major bone of contention for the likes of Hindus, Buddhists, Muslims and so on. Whoever says there is another way to heaven besides thru the cross of Christ is mistaken.  Jesus spoke of being born again of the spirit. To others, he was simply a good teacher, but that isn’t what he said of himself. He said he wasn’t good, that only God is good (Mark 10:18). Salvation comes thru no one else. If that were not true then why would Jesus have to die in the first place? Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!

Resource: The Life Application Study Bible.

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