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Jesus was very clear in explaining the consequences of ignoring the “Capstone” (the Messiah). By quoting Psalm 118:22, Jesus showed that even their rejection of the Messiah was prophesied in scriptures. In Luke 20:17-18 Jesus said, 17 Jesus looked directly at them and asked, “Then what is the meaning of that which is written: ” ‘The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone’? 18 Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces, but he on whom it falls will be crushed.” Jesus made it clear that rejecting capstone, or cornerstone, was dangerous. A person could trip or be crushed (judged and punished) by doing so. Jesus’ words were veiled, but the religious leaders had no issue interpreting Jesus’ meaning.

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