Luke 19:40 He answered, “I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out.”
The disciples were not only praising him, but they were praising him with words from Psalm 118, praise that solely belonged to God’s Messiah and Israel’s eternal King. The Pharisees recognized it, thought ill of it, and tried to stop it by telling Jesus to rebuke his disciples. Jesus did not stop it. Instead he pointed out that all creation was waiting in the wings, as it were, and ready to carry on if humanity failed to honor God as Creator and Savior.
The silence of God’s people is an unnatural silence. I was in my teens before I experienced a total eclipse of the sun. Shortly after noon, we went outside to observe the phenomena. As things began to darken, what I remember most was the unnatural silence, as if all nature was momentarily confused by this displaced darkness. I am told but cannot verify that ninety-eight percent of church people will invite no one to join them for worship in the course of a year. If that is true, it is not only unnatural but unhealthy. People need to know what’s up.
Luke 19:41-44 And when he drew near and saw the city, he wept over it, saying, “Would that you, even you, had known on this day the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes. For the days will come upon you, when your enemies will set up a barricade around you and surround you and hem you in on every side and tear you down to the ground, you and your children within you. And they will not leave one stone upon another in you, because you did not know the time of your visitation.”
The Savior warned of a coming darkness and then went to the deepest darkness of the cross. He came out of that darkness victorious and God’s people should not be quiet about it. It isn’t natural.
What a Savior!