Main background scripture reading: Luke 19:28-40
“Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Him, ‘Teacher, rebuke Your disciples.’ But Jesus answered, ‘I tell you, if these become silent, the stones will cry out!'” (Luke 19:39, 40). I’ve read this passage many, many times and have never understood it until today. The Lord Jesus Christ made a rather magnificent, humble entry while going up to Jerusalem. The disciples glorified and praised Him, calling Him the promised King who will reign forever. Such an entry of the blessed Lord received remarks from the Pharisees. They commanded Jesus to stop His disciples from proclaiming such praise, and He simply said, “If they cease, the stones will cry out.”
We read about the people praising the Messiah; so He responded that if they stopped praising Him, then His other creations would begin to proclaim His glory! This realization made me think of Psalm 148:1, 3-5, 7-10:
“Praise the Lord!
Praise Him, sun and moon;
Praise Him, all stars of light!
Praise Him, highest heavens,
And the waters that are above the heavens!
Let them praise the name of the Lord,
For He commanded and they were created.
Praise the Lord from the earth,
Sea monsters and all deeps;
Fire and hail, snow and clouds;
Stormy wind, fulfilling His word;
Mountains and all hills;
Fruit trees and all cedars;
Beasts and all cattle;
Creeping things and winged fowl.”
God is so Almighty and so wonderful that if we, as Christians, cease to worship God and stop proclaiming His gospel, then the rest of His creation will continue to praise Him and give Him glory. If we decide to reject God because atheism wants religion to go away, the rest of His creation will continue to make evidence of Him. The apostle Paul and king David said, “For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made…they declare the glory of God, and they proclaim the works of His hands” (Romans 1:20; Psalm 19:1). It it because of this might, that we are left without excuses.
Jesus will always be praised, and this was what He was telling the Pharisees in His simple, yet powerful, response. Such worship will be either from us, or from the stones, stars, animals, planets, insects and critters, oceans, and the rest of His creation.
A triumphal entry indeed!