Palm Sunday, March 20

Luke 19:28-40 (ESV)

28 And when he had said these things, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem.  29 When he drew near to Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount that is called Olivet, he sent two of the disciples, 30 saying, “Go into the village in front of you, where on entering you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever yet sat. Untie it and bring it here.  31 If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ you shall say this:  ‘The Lord has need of it.’”  32 So those who were sent went away and found it just as he had told them.  33 And as they were untying the colt, its owners said to them, “Why are you untying the colt?”  34 And they said, “The Lord has need of it.”  35 And they brought it to Jesus, and throwing their cloaks on the colt, they set Jesus on it.  36 And as he rode along, they spread their cloaks on the road.  37 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, 38 saying, “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord!  Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”  39 And some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples.”  40 He answered, “I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out.”

Imagine a choir of singing rocks.  Each member would have different facial features and a different personality.  Waiving palm branches, they would sing praises to Jesus, the King.  Pixar could bring that image to life on the screen.  But, no need.  It is already happening.  Huh?

The triumphal entry into Jerusalem was a profound moment in history.  To understand it we must remember who it was riding on that donkey.  Two passages are helpful.

All things were made through him (Jesus), and without him was not any thing made that was made.  (John 1:3)

For by him (Jesus) all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him.  (Colossians 1:16)

Coming down the Mount of Olives that afternoon was the very maker of the Mount of Olives… and everything else.  Which means that, in spite of the spiritual blindness of the Pharisees, the praise that Jesus received was not only appropriate but unstoppable.  Psalm 19:1-4 says,

The heavens declare the glory of God,
and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.
Day to day pours out speech,
and night to night reveals knowledge.
There is no speech, nor are there words,
whose voice is not heard.
Their voice goes out through all the earth,
and their words to the end of the world.

Clearly, the entire creation joins in praise of the glory of its Creator.  It will not be deterred.  It cannot be stopped.

When the Pharisees told Jesus to rebuke his disciples for praising him, they were wasting their breath.  Praise of Jesus was not going to be interrupted.  Even if the disciples were silenced, a choir of rocks would burst forth in praise.  Pretty cool.

Lord, we join with all creation in worship and praise of you.  Amen.


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