I Smell Trouble
The Triumphal Entry was a great declaration of the truth about Jesus, but not everyone was happy about it.
Luke 19:37-40 - 37When 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!” 39Some 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.” (NIV)
Here we catch a glimpse of the resistance that was brewing at the time of the Triumphal Entry. On the surface it seems that everyone is praising God or that the people are of one mind, but in reality, this was hostile territory. The Triumphal Entry was a great declaration of the truth about Jesus, but it represented the ongoing struggle between God’s purposes and a world corrupted by sin.
In an effort to maintain control, Pharisees in the crowd urged Jesus to quieten and even “rebuke” those who were praising him. They saw Jesus as a threat to their power and authority, and they didn’t want a revolt that would bring the Roman army down on them. So they asked Jesus to keep the people quiet. But Jesus said that if the people were quiet, the stones would cry out. Why? Not because Jesus was setting up a powerful political kingdom but because he was establishing God’s eternal kingdom for all who would believe in him.
Questions to Consider
Do you know someone who sees Jesus as a threat to their power and authority?
What are some of the ways you publicly acknowledge Jesus’ presence in your life?
How do you determine when worship requires silence and when it requires shouting?
Talking to God
Why not make a joyful noise in your personal worship time today. Ask the Lord to take away your inhibitions in private worship, so that you may express the full range of your human emotions to his goodness and glory. Worship the Lord as an expression of your love, gratitude and reverence for him.