Oh For Crying Out Loud

March 13, 2012


“As He was going, they were spreading their coats on the road. As soon as He was approaching, near the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of the disciples began to praise God joyfully with a loud voice for all the miracles which they has seen, shouting:

‘BLESSED IS THE KING WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD;

Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!’

Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Him, ‘Teacer, rebuke your disciples.” But Jesus answered, ‘I tell you, if these become silent, the stones will cry out!’” (Luke 19:36-40)

I know this is a few weeks early. Palm Sunday does not come around until April 1 this year (no foolin’!), but this passage has really stuck out to me.

Jesus is entering into the city and the people of Jerusalem are shouting out praises. They are celebrating who the believe may be the Messiah. Now it is true that they still do not understand what the Messiah was really going to come to do. They still thought he would free them from Roman captivity. But none the less, they knew Jesus was a great man.

But then there were the religious leaders who are getting upset because people were celebrating Jesus. They were indignant that Jesus would continue to let the people shout out and they commanded that He stop them.

But Jesus quote the Old Testament to say that His praises deserve to be sang and if these people don’t then someone or something else will do it.

What are you doing in your life to proclaim the praises of the One who has saved you? Are you pushing it off to let the stones cry out? While that would be quite a sight to see and I’m sure an amazing sound, it is not the way God desires it to happen.

God longs for us to proclaim His greatness and to tell others about the amazing change He has made in our lives.

Don’t wait for the rocks to cry out. Do it now. Find someone and let yourself be excited about what He has done for you.

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5 Responses to “Oh For Crying Out Loud”

  1. Emily said

    Great reminder, Brandon. This section of Scripture holds a special place in my heart. It’s actually one of the reasons that I named my daughter “Lorelei”. Her name means “murmuring rock”. It reminded me of this passage and it has been my prayer for her that even if no one else is praising Him, that she would. Thanks again for encouraging us to stand firm!

  2. As I read this post, I am reminded of a great verse in Psalms: “Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples” (Ps 96:3 NIV). Though I love to see the nature around us proclaiming His praises, I don’t want anything else to steal my privilege!

    Good post, Brandon.

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