Restoring Foundations

November 1, 2022 by Kimberly Orr, Publisher of The Upper Room

The stone rejected by the builders is now the main foundation stone! This has happened because of the Lord; it is astounding in our sight! This is the day the Lord acted; we will rejoice and celebrate in it!

— Psalm 118:22-24 (CEB)

In Acts chapter 4, the apostle Peter boldly declares that Jesus is the cornerstone of a new kind of temple, a new way of living and worshiping. No longer is a stone structure the presumed residence of God, but rather human beings — built up and restored through the birth, life, death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus the Messiah. We have been set free to become the embodied temple of God, dispersed across the face of the earth to spread “wonderful, joyous news for all people” (Lk. 2:10, CEB).

As we enter the holiday season, this astounding revelation and mission stands as a reminder that Jesus is still our sure foundation. The shifting sands of life and time may blow around us in uncertain ways, but let us be encouraged that the God of the universe has not left us alone. The LORD has acted on our behalf and has “lifted [us] out of the pit of death, out of the mud and filth, and set [our] feet on solid rock” (Ps. 40:2).

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