January 1: Jesus, the Capstone

Read Acts 4:1-37

He is . . . the capstone” (Acts 4:11).

There was quite a contrast between a rejected stone and the capstone at the first-century building site. One was deemed unfit by the builders and thrown into the “damaged” pile and rendered useless. The capstone (or cornerstone), on the other hand, was one of the most important stones in the building.

This capstone was carefully selected and placed in the corner where two walls came together. In many ways, the strength of the entire building was dependent upon this cornerstone. So builders carefully sorted through the stones determining their usefulness.

Peter described Jesus as both a rejected stone and the capstone. To put today’s reading into context, we must remember that, in the name Jesus, a lame man was miraculously able to walk. While some were amazed, others were incensed! In particular, many of the Jewish spiritual leaders were upset about the healing. More specifically, they were upset that the healers were drawing attention to the name of Jesus. To them, the infant born in a stable had, as an adult, become worthy of death. They had seen the stone and rejected it. They threw Him on the trash heap of a cross and sought to eliminate Him.

Meanwhile, as others heard of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, they embraced Him. First it was a group of 3,000 on the day of Pentecost. (See Acts 2:41.) By the time we read Acts 4:5, we discover that this number had grown to 5,000 men (plus women and children). Rather than rejecting Christ, the 5,000 were not only incorporating Him into the building that represented their lives, but they were giving Him the all-important cornerstone position. It was in Him, that their lives held together. It was because of Him their lives possessed strength.

I suppose there is quite a range of responses that are possible between those two extremes of rejected stone and chief cornerstone. (See Eph. 2:20.) If Christ is only part of the structure of your life, but not the chief cornerstone, why not award Him that position today? There is no better way to start a new year than to let Jesus Christ be the Capstone of your life.

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