How is it, everyone? John Landt here. Thank you for joining me today. Welcome to VoiceCry Episode 5. I’ll share what God shares with me with you. Here we go.
Today I’m going to be reading from God’s Word translation. It’s a little different translation than I normally use, but that’s okay. I like to use various translations, get various feedback, and different perspectives, and views. We’re going to be talking about the virgin birth of Jesus. That’s what we’re going to be talking about today, so we’re going to be looking at what is it in reference to the cornerstone? Kind of odd, a cornerstone in Jesus. What is that all about?
Well, to give you some background information, I have a cornerstone from the resource Wikipedia. It’s kind of simple. It’s not too in depth, but it kind of makes sense for us to understand. It says this. “The cornerstone, the foundation stone, concept is derived from the first stone set in the construction of a masonry foundation. It’s important since all other stones will be set in reference to this stone, thus determining the position of the entire structure.” When this first stone is set, everything else is in reference and comes back to this first stone.
“In religious ceremony practices,” I’ll continue here, “often the ceremony involved the placing of offerings of grain, wine, and oil on and under the stone.” That’s the cornerstone we’re talking about. “These were symbolic of the produce of the people of the land. This, in turn, derived from the practice in still more ancient times of making animal and human sacrifices. That was laid in the foundations.”
We have the cornerstone, and biblically, these cornerstones really referred to a figurative or symbolic sense. When you think of the stone of the temple, it was built, and it took, I believe, 46 or 47 years, to complete. This cornerstone, Jesus said he was going to build it up in three days, which is completely different. I want to give you a little bit more feedback here.
In both cases, it’s important that the stone is figurative. It’s the first and the last. The stone refers to the first and the last, and it’s the head of the corner. It’s the very starting place a new foundation. I always found it kind of interesting too that at that time, Israel was divided in two. You had the north and the south. I don’t know how much bearing that would have on a study, but this cornerstone that the Lord lays, and this stone that he places, is the stone that lasts forever and ever.
Let me continue on here. We’re going to take a look at Matthew Chapter 1. You had the family line of Jesus Christ, and there’s a bunch of different names all the way from Abraham to David. This is where Jesus was born out of, this lineage, this ancestry from David and Abraham.
I wanted to read to you the virgin birth of Jesus. Starting in Chapter 1, Verse 18 to 25, and it goes like this. “The birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. His mother Mary had been promised to Joseph in marriage. But before they were married, Mary realized that she was pregnant by the Holy Spirit. Her husband Joseph was an honorable man and did not want to disgrace her publicly. So he decided to break the marriage agreement with her secretly.
“Joseph had this in mind when an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream. The angel said to him, ‘Joseph, descendant of David, don’t be afraid to take Mary as your wife. She is pregnant by the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus because he will save his people from their sins.’ All this happened so that what the Lord had spoken through the prophet came true. ‘The virgin will become pregnant and give birth to a son, and they will name him Immanuel, ‘which means “God is with us.” When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him to do. He took Mary to be his wife. He did not have marital relations with her before she gave birth to a son. Joseph named the child Jesus.”
So you have the virgin birth that would give us a sign in Matthew Chapter 1 Verse 23. We continue over to this sign the people rejected and what has happened in Matthew Chapter 21 Verse 44. It read, “Anyone who falls on this stone will be broken. If the stone falls on anyone, it will crush that person.”
You also have Luke Chapter 20, 17 and 18. Those are the verses we’ll look at. It reads like this, “Then Jesus looked straight at them and asked, ‘What, then, does this Scripture verse mean ‘The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone. Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken. If that stone falls on anyone, it will crush that person.’”
We have this is the sign people rejected. They will be crushed. This is the cornerstone: Jesus Christ, the Messiah. Yeshua is the Messiah. He is the cornerstone. He is the sacrifice. The stone is the sacrifice who is Jesus. Yahweh is the perfect cornerstone. This cornerstone is to give “The people who lived in darkness have seen a bright light. A light has risen for those who live in the land overshadowed by death.” That is Matthew, Chapter 4:16-17. Then we have Luke Chapter 1 Verse 79. “He will give light to those who live in the dark, and in death’s shadow. He will guide us into the way of peace.”
There you have it. You have the cornerstone who is Jesus Christ, the Messiah, Yeshua, God, Holy God, gave us a sign. This sign was rejected, rejected by the people of Israel. This cornerstone will crush anyone who opposes it. It is the only way. It’s God’s way. There’s really no better way than that.
I hope that’s helpful and useful. I want to thank you for joining me today. If you’d like to tell us your story of how God saved you, I’d love to hear about it. It’s really easy. All you have to do is go to www.GodTalk.me, and send me a message. I’ll see you later.
Isaiah 7:14 | Matthew 21:44
- Give You A Sign – Woman Gives Birth to Immanuel – Yeshua (Jesus).
- The Cornerstone is a stumbling stone to unbelievers to not understand.
- Yahweh (Jesus) is the Cornerstone.