Praising Stones

28 And when he had said these things, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. 
29  When he drew near to Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount that is called Olivet, he sent two of the disciples, 
30  saying, “Go into the village in front of you, where on entering you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever yet sat. Untie it and bring it here. 
31  If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ you shall say this: ‘The Lord has need of it.’” 
32  So those who were sent went away and found it just as he had told them. 
33  And as they were untying the colt, its owners said to them, “Why are you untying the colt?” 
34  And they said, “The Lord has need of it.” 
35  And they brought it to Jesus, and throwing their cloaks on the colt, they set Jesus on it. 
36  And as he rode along, they spread their cloaks on the road. 
37  As he was drawing near—already on the way down the Mount of Olives—the whole multitude of his disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen, 
38  saying, “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” 
39  And some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples.” 
40  He answered, “I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out.” – Luke 19:28-40 (ESV)

Jesus heads for Jerusalem. He knows full well what is waiting for him there. God has revealed it to him and he has shared it with his closest followers. As he turns the corner on the mountain descending into Jerusalem he hears the accolades from the crowd. He hears the praise he is so deserving of. He is the “Blessed King” who comes in the name of the Lord. He is on mission, though many in his day and time could not see or understand the mission. So great is the sacrifice, so great is the love of God for mankind, that Jesus says the “stones would cry out” if the disciples fail to praise him.

At the foot of Sinai stones marked the tribes reception of the covenant. On the bank of the river stones bear testimony to Israel’s great founding deliverance from Egypt. So, too, would the stones cry out the testimony of the Greatest Gift. Yet singing stones was not God’s desire, he would have rather had us be unified as “living Stones” (1 Peter 2.4).

We are called to praise him 1 Peter continues (verse 9) “You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light”. Yes, today is the Lord’s day and we will lift our voices to sing praises to him. But what about the other days this week? Will you be a “Living Stone” that will praise Him who gave such a wonderful love at such a high cost?


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