That’s One Big Rock!

Cornerstone
A cornerstone on the second temple.

One of Jesus’ disciples commented on the massive stones used in the Temple. He likely referred to the southwestern corner of the Temple Mount. As the picture shows, the stones were indeed massive. That cornerstone is 39 feet long, 7 feet wide, and 43 inches high, and weighs eighty tons! “Do you see all these great buildings?” replied Jesus. “Not one stone here will be left on one another; every one will be thrown down” (Mark 13:1-2).

Jesus wasn’t impressed with stones or with Herod’s platform. He saw something different, and he wanted that difference to reside in the lives of his followers. For Jesus is our cornerstone, (Ephesians 3:20, 1 Peter 2:6). And each of us is a living stone (1 Peter 2:5). Together we rise up to be a holy temple in the Lord. In God’s house, the stones will never fall, the building will not collapse. Take heart friends. We are living stones in a temple that is eternal. So stand strong!

This photo gives perspective on how big the stones actually are. These were torn down from the huge archway entering the temple.
This photo gives perspective on how big the stones actually are. These were torn down from the huge archway entering the temple grounds.

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