When… we are silent
“Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, ‘Teacher, order Your disciples to stop.’ Jesus answered, ‘I tell you, if these are silent, the stone would shout out.’” Luke 19:39-40
This encounter took place on the road to Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. Jesus’ disciples, along with a crowd of pilgrims, were singing, “Hosanna! Blessed is the King who comes in the Name of the Lord!” (Luke 19:38) They were praising God while looking at Jesus. They were singing their testimony because they were inspired by the Spirit. They had heard Jesus’ Words, they had seen the way He lived and they knew He was sent by God. Some had been set free from an illness or possession. Some may have witnessed a miracle. Now they were praising God as they followed Jesus. They could not be kept quiet.
We are the present-day disciples. We are the witnesses to God’s great love in Jesus. We are the ones who have been set free from bondage to sin. We have seen what God is doing in our lives and in the world. If we are silent, if we do not speak, if we don’t tell the news of Jesus, God with us, who will?
I know that “Shouting Stones” would be an amazing moment that would surely go viral on every media platform around the world. But I would rather hear the testimony and praise coming from living, breathing, “hosanna” singing followers of Jesus.