I own a house. It’s a good house, a strong house. But I did not build my house. Someone else built it and did a brilliant job of it, as I’ve been repeatedly reminded by contractors, “This is a very well built house!” But I can take no credit for it. When my family and I walk around inside, we don’t fear falling through the floors, the structure is secure. Even during last night’s storm, when warnings of inch sized hail and wind gusts up to 60 miles per hour were popping up on my phone, our concern wasn’t raised because, praise God, we have a strong house.
We literally stand on what someone else has done.
In both the Old Testament and the New, Jesus is described as a cornerstone, the most important stone in the foundation of a structure whose function is to hold it all together, to keep it from weakening. Jesus Himself, quoting Psalm 118, says that the stone the “builders” (the Jewish religious leaders of the time) had rejected, was in fact the most important stone of all. Jesus said in John 16:33, possibly my favorite verse in all the Bible, that in this world we would have trouble, but to take heart, because He has overcome the world!
The Bride of Christ, His Church, is being built from every tribe, tongue and nation into a vast structure, but this building is not secure because of what we do or what we’ve done, and not upon the works of the apostles, leaders of Church History or great evangelists who have gone before us, although they are certainly a part of the edifice. But in words inspired by that great hymn, The Solid Rock (words I will never tire of singing no matter the melody), our Hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness. We stand on what You’ve done!
His finished work on the cross has enabled us to proclaim, not only when we gather at His throne with every other stone in His Church, but even today, “Our King has overcome the world!”
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THE GREAT OVERCOMER (Michael Farren / Seth Mosley)
Listen closely can you hear it, every tribe and tongue sings out a song
Full of hope and full of power as Your people rise and sing along (Rev 7:9)
Though the thunder roll and the darkness rage You’ll never change (Jam 1:17)
Our hope is built on nothing less than
Jesus’ blood and righteousness (Phil 3:8-9)
We stand on what You’ve done
We stand on what You’ve done (Gal 5:1)
We will not bend we will not break (Ps 62:2)
You are our strength so we will say (Ps 46:1)
Our King has overcome
Our King has overcome the world (John 16:33)
So let faith arise as we Your children (Heb 11:1)
Place our trust in every word You’ve said (2 Tim 3:16)
You live in us with all the power
To heal the sick and even raise the dead (John 14:12)
We lift our eyes oh we’re not forsaken (Ps 9:10)
Your love remains (Lam 3:22)
You’re the Great Overcomer / You’re the King of all kings
You’re the One who was and who’ll always be
You’re our Source of life (Gen 2:7) / You’re the breath we breathe
You’re the reason we’ll sing for eternity