The very stones would cry out ...

And as he rode along, they spread their cloaks on the road. As he was drawing near—already on the way down the Mount of Olives—the whole multitude of his disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen, saying, “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” And some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples.” He answered, “I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out.”

The stage has been set and the play is entering the very last scene of the very last act. For some time Jesus has been telling his disciples about this week but his words have fallen on deaf ears. The roar of excitement peaks as he mounts the lowly colt and descends towards Jerusalem. Everyone is rejoicing because the deliverer is coming. I am sure these who shouted envisioned a Moses-like messiah confronting Pontius Pilate demanding Rome to let God's people go.

Yet in the midst of this jubilation the Pharisees seek to censure the praise and demand that Jesus put a stop to it - these did not see a Messiah that day. Jesus' response indicates that, even though the disciples misunderstood what was happening, worship was very much an appropriate response. You see, although a Moses-like messiah was not approaching the city that day, a deliver was on his way to rescue all of humanity. Indeed! Who could not worship?

You are my Deliverer Lord Jesus Christ. With the stones, the angels and the saints of all the ages I worship you.

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