Sunday: The Triumphal Entry
Blessed is The King
“Teacher. Rebuke your disciples!“ Such is the call of an unbelieving world and a timid, tepid church and, so the Pharisees told Jesus as he entered the great city of Jerusalem. You see, His disciples were celebrating the coming of their King. There would have been hundreds, if not thousands who followed Him there. It was the week of Passover and the city was crowded with visitors from all over the Roman world.
”Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord!“ They shouted as they laid their cloaks and fronds of palm on the dusty road before him. ”Peace in the Heavens and glory in the highest!“ As they celebrated large crowds began to gather in wonder. ”Teacher!“ The leader of the Pharisees, perhaps Saul of Tarsus, called out to the Lord over the sound of the crowds. ”Rebuke your disciples!“
His meaning: tell your followers to stop their celebrating. Tell them to stop praising you. Tell them to stop calling you ”King“. Tell them to stop calling attention to your presence and all that it implies in our lives. Make them stop mentioning your name and your relationship to God! But Jesus answered, ”I tell you, if they keep quiet the very stones will cry out.“
It was a dangerous time in that great city. The forces of Roman rule, the people’s desire for independence, the yoke of religious theocracy and the political intrigues of those in positions of wealth and power all conspire together in a seething cauldron of unrest and distrust. It was not unlike the world we live in today. Later, after the resurrection, as the church, the Body of Christ began to form in the womb of Jerusalem, Saul stood in authority over the stoning of Steven and the stones cried out. Beyond that, when the Lord got hold of him on the road to Damascus and changed his name to Paul; when he had traveled the Roman world and planted churches in every corner, the stones cried out again as they fell from the walls of the temple into the dust of history and the blood of those who had refused to hear the celebration of His coming.
I pray that His Church will never succumb to the demands of those who would silence us for I know that if we are silent ”the very stones will cry out.“