Jesus: Our Conerstone

In Acts 4 we see Peter and John standing before the council. At this council they are asked to basically explain themselves, to explain how they were able to heal a man that was lame. “By what power or what name did you do this?” This question sets up an understanding, there is power in a name. In Roman rule and today, a name carried weight. We see it when people “name drop” or when they speak on behalf of someone influential. “By the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead- by him this man is standing before you well.” That name was Jesus Christ, you remember Him right? He was the one that you crucified and then God raised Him from the dead. You remember right?

Upon this statement we get a powerful statement that would have resinated with these leaders very well. “This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone. And there is salvation is no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” The builders, those teachers and leaders of the people, were to build upon Christ. This stone which they were to build on was the stone that they rejected. They built upon something else, but God built upon this stone. This stone has become the chief cornerstone. For there is no other name to build upon. There is no other name given to men where we must be saved. There is no other name to build upon, Christ alone.

Have you trusted upon the name of Christ? Are you building upon another rock?

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