Regardless how severe sins may be denounced and judgment declared, in the midst of the message some word of hope and cheer is put in for the sake of the true and faithful ones, “ I lay in Zion for a foundation.”
Christ is ever mindful of his elect remnant. Those who are striving to be obedient and righteous in a degenerate age, and in the midst of abounding self-indulgence, are within his view, and we shall never fall short of the blessing of his smile, or the cheering and comforting word of his promises “His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.” (Mt.25:21)
The old Zion-foundation would be found to abide Firm- a tried Stone, a sure Foundation, in the days of floods and storms “ he that believe shall not make haste.”
He that builds his life and his hope on that foundation “shall never be moved.” He is like the man who has built his house on the rock “ And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house, and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.” (Mt.7:25)
God sends forth his Son to be the Saviour of all men and this foundation is laid deep in toil and passion.
This is a tried Stone. We are reminded of tried things. The Word of the Lord is a tried Word.
The prophets speak of the Christ as the tried Stone.
The vision they have of him is not of a great Teacher simply, but of a Divine Redeemer, upon whose mighty work all generations of men rest for redemption and life.
“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” (Isa.9:6)
Centuries have rolled away, and now history endorses prophecy. Generations of departed saints have testified that Christ is a Friend that loveth at all times, a Rock that no waters of sorrow, not even the water floods of death, can move.
Christ is a precious Corner-stone. Yes, here the weight of the building has to come, the Cornerstone “And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” (Mt.16:18)
Did not the Father try Him and find him faithful in every way. In his willingness, his Obedience and his love? Jesus was found faithful.”And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
Did not Satan try Him and find Him upright. He was Tried by temptations addressed to his natural appetite, to pride, and to ambition “Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.”
Was he not tried by wicked and unbelieving men? By Pharisees, Sadducees and by the Herodians in his own day and by sceptics in our day.
Was he not tried by the poor, the destitute in his own day. Was he not tried by the contrite and broken hearted?
Precious, for there is this description everywhere given of the Christ “I, even I, am the L0ORD; and beside me there is no saviour.“ (Isa.43:11
He is the Pearl of great price. Christ is the church one and only Foundation “For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.” (I.Cor3:11)
Christ is in himself, holy, harmless, undefiled, and separate from sinners.
Precious, because of the living temple of the redeemed souls which he supports.
Precious in the Father’s eyes, in the eye of angels, and of all the great multitude of the redeemed.
Christ is our sure foundation. We all desire a sure religion. We do not want an ornate religion. We want rather to be able to say, “I know in whom I have believed.” (II.Tim.1:12)
When the mind is palsied with doubt, when the heart is quaking with fear, then we experience the deepest misery possible to man.
Remember, heaven goes when faith goes. Therefore, We shall not make haste, or hurry out of our house when calamity seems to threaten us.
We must not be ashamed when the angels come to test the character of our life.
We shall not be confounded when the days of storm threaten to overwhelm us. Yes, each one of us is a raising a temple-the temple of character, and of life.“If any man’s work abide which he hath built There up on, he shall receive a reward.” (I. Cor.3:14)