Isaiah 8:14-15 (New International Version, ©2011)
14 He will be a holy place; for both Israel and Judah he will be a stone that causes people to stumble and a rock that makes them fall. And for the people of Jerusalem he will be a trap and a snare.
15 Many of them will stumble; they will fall and be broken, they will be snared and captured.”
Matthew 21:42-45 (New Century Version)
42 Jesus said to them, "Surely you have read this in the Scriptures:
'The stone that the builders rejected became the cornerstone. The Lord did this, and it is wonderful to us.' — Psalm 118:22–23
43 "So I tell you that the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to people who do the things God wants in his kingdom. 44 The person who falls on this stone will be broken, and on whomever that stone falls, that person will be crushed."
45 When the leading priests and the Pharisees heard these stories, they knew Jesus was talking about them.
In the Old Testament it was prophesied that the coming Messiah would become a stone over which men would stumble, and he would aslo be the stone that would be rejected as the foundation upon which everything would be built. Jesus quoted these verses when He was confronted by the hard-hearted religious leaders, who had become so trapped in their reigious rituals and traditions, that they failed to "see" the true Messiah when He made His appearance to them. They were trapped in their own works as the means of obtaining God's favor, or they simply dismissed that there would even be an afterlife, so they would not have to face and eternity.
Not much has changed since the time of Jesus. The same attitudes about Jesus Chirst that prevailed in the 1st Century A.D. exist today. Many today feel that their personal works will find them favor with God, and others deny the need for any religion because their is no God, no afterlife, no reason to have to worry about it. For everyone, Jesus Christ is a stone that either becomes the foundation of your personal faith, sealing your eternity with Him, or becomes a stone that gets rejected and becomes the very thing that will trip them up when they have to face God someday.
As I have said many times, the question of "Who Is Jesus?" is significant for everyone. There will be a time in every person's life, when they will have to answer this question for themselves. Make sure you know the right answer!
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