The New Testament writers are united in identifying the ‘stone the builders rejected’ which has become the ‘chief cornerstone’ with Jesus (Psalm 118:22, and Matthew 21:42, Mark 12:10, Luke 20:17, Acts 4:17, and 1 Peter 2:7).
A Christian’s faith can often be shaken and challenged. Doubt can be a real companion for sensitive souls. Easter returns us to the cornerstone of our faith, Jesus Christ once rejected now raised from the dead.
And this effects everything.
“The resurrection gives coherence to the entire New Testament: to the story of the virgin birth, to the miracles, to the transfiguration, to the titles ascribed to Jesus, to the worship accorded him, to Pentecost, to the idea of ‘en Christou’, to the perception of his death as an atoning sacrifice, to the expectation of the parousia, to the hope of resurrection and to the belief in a final judgment. It explains the disciples’ faith and martyrdom, the survival of the church, the expansion of Christianity and the existence of the Gospel of John.” (Donald Macleod, The Person of Christ, page 237)