Hosanna, blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord! ”Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!” “I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out". Luke 19:38-40.
Yesterday at Celebration Community Church I talked about Jesus arrival into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. As Jesus rode into the city on a humble donkey he must have found immense delight in the praises and hosannas that he received along his route. Surely there was faith to be found in Israel during Passover week.
Some wouldn’t give it, though. “Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, ‘Teacher, rebuke your disciples!’ ‘I tell you,’ he replied, ‘if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out’”. Luke 19:39,40.
The Pharisees thought the crowd's shouts of praise were sacrilegious and blasphemous. They didn't see Jesus as Messiah and they didn’t want someone challenging their power and authority. They also they didn't want a revolt that would bring the Roman army down on them. So they asked Jesus to keep his people quiet. But Jesus said that even if the people were quiet, the stones would burst into cheers.
Chris Tomlin sings in the bridge of, “You and I Were Made To Worship “
“And even the rocks cry out and even the Heavens shout at the sound of His holy name, So let every voice sing out, and let every knee bow down, He's worthy of all our praise”
We don’t have to wave palm branches or shout out in praise, “Hosanna in the highest”. But like palm branches we can lay down our wills and surrender our hearts, giving to Christ the obedience, adoration, and service he deserves.
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