What you sayin'?
Jesus replied, “If they kept quiet, even the rocks would cry out!” | Luke 19:40
This sentence always catches my eye when I read the account of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem on a donkey. We all know it is impossible for stones to shout out praise because a stone does not have a voice! Could this person, Jesus, be so important that if the crowds had not praised Him God would have given the stones voices to declare His praise?
The Gospels are full of statements where Jesus told people not to praise Him or tell others what He did. Now, it seems Jesus is allowing the crowds to praise Him as He enters Jerusalem, acknowledging Him as the Messiah. The arrival of this person was monumental and to be celebrated.
Rejoice, O people of Zion! Shout in triumph, O people of Jerusalem! Look, your king is coming to you. He is righteous and victorious, yet he is humble, riding on a donkey— riding on a donkey’s colt. (Zech 9:9)
The Messiah had come with a promise that He would restore His people and free them. No wonder they were encouraged to rejoice and sing praises. He would make it possible for all to live in right relationship with God once more; to know God’s love and presence every moment of the day. Jesus had decided to do follow God’s plan and entered Jerusalem as their Saviour and King. Jesus is worthy of all praise and honour.
If the stones had praised God, what would they have said?
“Praise Jesus who comes to rescue a world ravaged by sin.”
“Glory be to God in the highest heavens.”
How would you praise God today? When I think of how I praise God, I become so aware that often my praises revolve around what God has done for me and I forget that He is worthy of praise because of who He is. He is almighty, holy, steadfast in love, forgiving, filled with compassion for the poor and the marginalised, sufficient for all people, He is the source of wisdom and hope for all of us, He is near and knowable and yet so completely other.
Praise and thanksgiving restore joy to my soul, strengthen my spirit, encourage me and restore hope in times of despair. May we become a joy-filled, hope-filled community of Jesus followers who praise Him together.