1 Peter 2: 6-7
6 For in Scripture it says:
“See, I lay a stone in Zion, a chosen and precious cornerstone, and the one who trusts in him will never be put to shame.” 7 Now to you who believe, this stone is precious. But to those who do not believe, “The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone,”.
The cornerstone is the first stone that is set in the foundations of masonry work, vital as all other stones will be aligned in reference to it, and ultimately the foundation will gain its strength from the structural integrity of this one stone. The capstone on the other hand, is the final stone(s) to be placed, the unique shape acting as a key that locks the other stones into place thus completing the work and holding all things together. An ancient Rabbinical parable tells the story that after the stones for Solomon’s temple were hewn from a quarry several miles outside of Jerusalem they were slowly carted to their place at the temple site. However, the builders, not recognising the need for an odd shape stone rejected and discarded it outside the city walls, that is until years later when the temple was almost complete and they called for the capstone, they realised their need for the stone that they had rejected.
The bible has numerous references to the cornerstone; the cornerstone set in place at the foundation of time, the one we rest upon, vital for the strength of the entire church. When the second temple was being built, a supporting scaffold was needed until the capstone, was placed. The capstone, Jesus, replaced the temporary scaffold of the first covenant. Without the capstone the church collapses inwardly, but with the capstone, all parts are held together.
The peculiar capstone that Israel initially rejected will one day be seen by all for what it, He, is the vital missing piece, the author and perfector of our faith. Jesus is the first and the last, the alpha and omega, the cornerstone and the capstone. Hallelujah.
Thank you Lord for the strength and stability that we find when we are aligned in relationship with you. Amen