Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, order your disciples to stop.” He answered, “I tell you, if these were silent, the stones would shout out.” Luke 19: 39,40
The Pharisees were not bad people. They were learned, and above all obeyed the law. They were politically correct, and they feared the Romans. And the Romans were wary of a Jewish uprising.
Now here comes Jesus, a man they revered as a Master and Teacher, parading through the streets proclaimed loudly by a multitude of followers to be THE Messiah!
Just not the Messiah they had imagined. He was riding a donkey instead of a stallion, and there were no legions of angels to drive the Romans out. They missed the allusion toward a heavenly kingdom.
Shhhhh! Please keep them quiet! Make them stop, the Romans will hear! Nothing good can come from this. There will be repercussions. Don’t make things worse for us!
They missed the Messianic announcement. In response, Jesus declares the impossibility of containing the proclamation. Even if all His followers could be kept silent, all of creation would still feel the effect of His coming as foretold in the scriptures.
He is here. Jesus, the Messiah, has arrived.
Prayer: Dear Lord Jesus, as we celebrate this Lenten season, help us to understand, and not miss your message. Give us loud voices to declare and spread the Word of your amazing grace as we wait for you to come again. In Jesus name we pray, Amen.