“And they brought it to Jesus, and they threw their cloaks on the colt and put Jesus on it. Now as He was going, they were spreading their cloaks on the road. And 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 had seen, shouting:
“Blessed is the King, the One who comes in the name of the Lord;
Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”
And yet some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Him, “Teacher, rebuke Your disciples!” Jesus replied, “I tell you, if these stop speaking, the stones will cry out!” (Luke 19:35-40 NASB)
They were loud and joyful, praising God for His powerful works. “Rebuke them, shut them up!” Well, Jesus did not. If they had been quiet, stones would have shouted praise. The Son of God would not have been denied His glory.
Evil desires to keep others in darkness. There are many ways to keep the church quiet. From shy embarrassment and social taboos to Blaspheme Laws evil threatens discomfort, exclusion and even death. I will always remember the stones on Palm Sunday. I hope you do too. Jesus will not be denied.
“Now I say to you, everyone who confesses Me before people, the Son of Man will also confess him before the angels of God; but the one who denies Me before people will be denied before the angels of God.” (Luke 12:8-10 NASB)