“I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.”(Luke 19:40)
Jesus uttered these words during His Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem. The people were shouting and waving palm branches as their King approached Jerusalem. Some of the Pharisees demanded that Jesus rebuke (silence) His disciples, to which He gave this remarkable response about speaking stones. Jesus was saying that even if He silenced the crowds, the stones would burst into praise and adoration to celebrate the coming of the great King and Savior.
Should we find the idea of shouting stones hard to believe? Coming from the One who healed the sick, made the lame walk, gave sight to the blind, and brought the dead to life . . . not at all! Jesus has always done what He said He would do because He is who He said He was: the very Son of the Living God. Jesus created all things, including the stones, and sustains them by the word of His power (Hebrews 1:3). He spoke all things into existence and breathed life into the first man. Surely Omnipotence can give speech to a silent stone!
There was a time when the twin stones of the Law cried out for our condemnation, declaring just how far we moved away from God. But Jesus has forever silenced those stones; He broke them against the Gospel, which frees us from the penalty of the law.
I can only imagine what that huge stone might have said when the angel rolled it away from the opening of the tomb and Jesus walked out alive on that first Easter morning!
To be sure, every stone could be made to shout of our Savior, but we must not let that happen; we must refuse to keep quiet about our Chief Cornerstone! The stones should not need to make a sound, because we are shouting from the rooftops about our Lord and Savior, who came to seek and save the lost. Let us with one voice tell the world about the forgiveness we have received! Let us boldly proclaim the unconditional love that has been poured out upon us! Let us sing of the glories of the Gospel that have freed us from the prison of the past, propelling us into our promised future!
Even in the face of opposition we must shout of our Savior, for He has promised never to leave us nor forsake us. And if Jesus is with us, shall we shrink back from the privilege of telling the world about the only way of salvation, which is available to anyone who believes? God forbid! Peter said, “You also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood” (1 Peter 2:5).
We are called “living stones” and God is building us into a spiritual house. At one time we had no voice, being dead in trespass and sins; but now, having been raised to the newness of life in Christ, we can sing of His grace and His glory. May we be living stones that cry out about our Savior!
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!