Then, as He was now drawing near the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works 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 called to Him from the crowd, “Teacher, rebuke Your disciples.” But He answered and said to them, “I tell you that if these should keep silent, the stones would immediately cry out.” (Luke 19:37-40)
In the news a while back, another attack on the Judeo-Christian influence in our culture was reported. A high school in our area had a monument displaying the Ten Commandments on the campus grounds. This particular marker was a gift to the school and placed there when the school was built. But in the Secular Left’s ongoing attempts to expunge any reminder of our great country’s Christian heritage (the main reason for its greatness), wanted it removed.
The enemies of Christ have no toleration for His presence in any form. When Jesus entered Jerusalem (when God came to town), the adversaries of that time were, by and large, the religious right on steroids. They too reacted with disdain and demanded silence from the believers. Jesus Christ does have that effect, does He not? How many clothes have been ripped asunder, dust flung in the air, curses yelled, eyes and ears covered when He comes near? How many crosses and monuments of stone have been furiously torn down even as they cry out in their own way?
While we as citizens have a responsibility to stand for religious freedoms, we must remember that there are stones much greater in worth and witness than monuments. The Apostle Peter tells us that we come to Jesus “as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious, you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” (1 Pet 2:4-5)
Those who believe on Him will not be put to shame. Those who do not believe on Him will stumble and fall. Peter adds, “They stumble, being disobedient to the word, to which they also were appointed.” (v. 8b)
“Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord!” will never be silenced upon the earth as long as there are living stones. Are you one of them?