“I tell you, if these become silent, the stones will cry out.” Luke 19:40
It was the week before the darkest day in history. The day Jesus would take upon Himself the sins of the world. The day when the wrath of God would be poured out upon Him. Yet, on this day the picture is quite different.
We find Jesus and his disciples heading to Jerusalem and when they arrived at Bethany, Jesus sends his disciples ahead of Him into the village to find a colt. And not just any old colt, but a colt which had never been ridden, that will be tied up. He tells them if anyone ask why they are untying the colt, just to say, “The Lord has need of it.”
And though these instructions I’m sure made little to no sense to the disciples, they obeyed.
I’ve learned in my own Christian walk, this is often the case.
For obedience does not require understanding, rather it requires faith in the One whom you are seeking to obey.
So the disciples did just as Jesus said, and brought the colt to Him.
As Jesus rides the colt into Jerusalem, the people in the crowd begin throwing down their coats and waving palm branches shouting, “Hosanna, blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord; Peace in heaven and glory in the highest.”
The same people who one week cry out His praises, a week later will shout crucify!
These were worshiping Jesus thinking He was their earthly King, that He would deliver them. They worshiped Him more for what He could do for them, than they worshiped Him for who He is.
But before we cast stones, aren’t we too guilty of this. Worshiping and serving Jesus at times more for what He can do for us, than worshiping Him just because He is worthy.
He is worthy of our praise despite the storms and trials of life.
He is worthy in the good times and He is worthy in the darkest days.
Yet, as they shout His praises, the Pharisees who are jealous of the attention Jesus is receiving tell Jesus to rebuke his disciples. Jesus response is amazing, for He lets them know that if the crowds are quiet, even the rocks will cry out His praises. He is declaring Himself King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
Jesus is worthy of our praise. We are told countless times throughout God’s Word to praise Him. To declare His praises and His glory among the nations.
And though the days in which we are living are difficult.
Our God is still on His throne, and He is still in control.
Let us then praise Him this Palm Sunday, despite our fears, despite what the news stations are saying, despite it all.
For He alone is worthy.
And if we don’t declare His praise, I do believe the rocks will cry out and the trees will clap their hands in praise.