37 When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen:
38 “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!”
“Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”
39 Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!”
40 “I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.” Luke 19:37-40
The past two weeks I have been reading John 8. In that chapter there are two “stone” victums. The first is quite familiar. Jesus is teaching in the synagogue and a woman is brought into the temple area accused of adultery. The Pharisees ask what should be done to the woman and Jesus gives His famous answer, “He who is without sin, cast the first stone.” After everyone has dropped his stones, the Master Teacher Jesus continues his “chat” with the Pharisees.
Having lost the argument concerning justice for the adulterous woman, the Pharisees keep pestering Jesus. After a sequence of questions, the Pharisees deem Jesus demon-possessed and proceed to pick up the very stones they had just released from their hands that they hadn’t used against the adulterous woman. This time their target was Jesus.
Innocent bystanders, these rocks? Jesus seems to indicate they are not. If we, His servants, aren’t crying out the message, will He have to breathe life into the rocks like He did the dust to get us going? And, perhaps even more importantly, if we are not crying out the message of God’s glory through Christ, are we the same as the Pharisees standing around with stones in our hands? If we are not for the message are we against the message?
Still pondering here and crying out joyfully that He is my Rock!