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The Stones Will Cry Out!

March 20, 2017

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The Stones Will Cry Out!

Luke 19:29-44 tells the story  of Palm Sunday  —  the day Jesus rode  a donkey colt  into Jerusalem.      So?      What does that have to do  with us  today?

Let’s find out.      Here are verses 37-44.

And as He was now approaching,  near the descent  of the Mount of Olives,  the whole multitude  of the disciples began  to praise God joyfully  with a loud voice  for all the miracles  which they had seen,  saying,

“Blessed is the King  who comes  in the name  of the LORD;  peace in heaven  and glory  in the highest!”

And some  of the Pharisees  in the multitude said  to Him,  “Teacher,  rebuke Your disciples.”

And He answered  and said,  “I tell you,  if these become silent,  the stones will  cry out!

And when He approached,  He saw the city  and wept  over it,  saying,  “If you had known  in this day,  even you,  the things  which make for peace!     But now  they have been hidden  from your eyes.     For the days  shall come   upon you  when your enemies  will throw up a bank  before you,  and surround you,  and hem you in  on every side,  and will level you  to the ground  and your children  within you,  and they will not leave  in you  one stone  upon another,  because you did not recognize the time of your visitation.“

In this account,  the Pharisees are bugged  because the people  are really praising Jesus  from the depths  of their hearts.    Jesus won’t ask them  to stop their praise,  because they are praising God  just as every one ought.     We need  to praise Jesus,  just as they did.

Then,  Jesus wept sadly  over Jerusalem,  because He knew  that it would soon be leveled  to the ground.     Why should such a beautiful city  be leveled?     Because its leaders refused  to recognize  Jesus Christ  as God Almighty,  come down  to be their Savior.

When Jesus came  and the leaders  were disgusted  to see people praising Jesus,  that was the time of your visitation, that Jesus was referring to.     All of the miracles  Jesus had performed  proved  He truly was  the Savior,  the Son of God prophesied  throughout the Old Testament  —  coming to visit  His people.

Those miracles  are the historical records  that become the time  of our visitation  from our Savior.     Will we praise Jesus  for all  that He did?     Or will we sneeringly grumble,  like the Pharisees?

History tells us  that years later,  Jesus’ words  came true.     In A.D. 66,  the Jews revolted  against the Romans.     The Romans sent Titus,  the son  of Emperor Vespasian,  to put down the revolt.     The Roman soldiers  had a tough time  taking over Jerusalem,  but they laid siege  to it  and finally  in A.D. 70  they broke into the city  and burned it  to the ground.     At least 600,000 Jews were killed  by the Romans.

I wonder now,  who thinks it might be prudent  to listen  to what Jesus has to say  as He visits us  in His word?

Hopefully,  Jesus will not have to weep  over our demise.     Instead,  we should bring Him joy.     We can,  you know.

As we meditate  on all that Jesus did,  we will praise Him  for His tender love  and say,  “Hallelujah!      Jesus loves me  and forgives me.      Praise be  to His name.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect,   but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that  for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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