Monday, May 09, 2011

Shouting Stones

In the Gospel of Luke, the account is given of the Lord Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem. Take a peek with me briefly at Luke's relayal of events:

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 had 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, “Teacher, rebuke Your disciples.” But Jesus answered, “I tell you, if these become silent, the stones will cry out!”

When He approached Jerusalem, He saw the city and wept over it, saying, “If you had known in this day, even you, the things which make for peace! But now they have been hidden from your eyes. “For the days will come upon you when your enemies will throw up a barricade against you, and surround you and hem you in on every side, and they will level you to the ground and your children within you, and they will not leave in you one stone upon another, because you did not recognize the time of your visitation”
(Luke 19:38-44).

The contrast always strikes me of the crowds shouting in jubilation, and the rather somber demeanor of the Lord. The people cheer, Jesus dismisses the cluck-clucking of the Pharisees, and then in the next verse, weeps over Jerusalem. As displayed by the unsettled Pharisees, they did not recognize the time of their visitation. Even the cheering crowd had the wrong idea entirely of what was happening. They were seeing what they expected to be a conquering King, not the Suffering Servant that the Lord would be in only a few short days. The Conquering King will return later, and in my humble opinion, the sooner the better.

Will the Lord be met by shouts of joy by His ready and waiting people, or will the stones have to do it?

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