What Jesus Did! 'The Stones Would Cheer!' — Luke 19:36-40

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Jesus rode along the road toward Jerusalem. The followers spread their coats on the road before Jesus. Jesus was coming close to Jerusalem. He was already near the bottom of the Mount of Olives. The whole group of followers were happy. They were very excited and praised God. They thanked God for all the powerful things they had seen. They said, "Welcome! God bless the king that comes in the name of the Lord. Peace in heaven and glory to God!" Some of the Pharisees said to Jesus, "Teacher, tell your followers not to say these things!" But Jesus answered, "I tell you, these things must be said. If my followers don't say these things, then these rocks will say them."
— Luke 19:36-40
Illustration of Luke 19:36-40 — "I tell you, these things must be said. If my followers don't say these things, then these rocks will say them."

Key Thought

Isn't it sad that people still get upset when they think that folks are too exuberant over the presence of Jesus? Even worse, family members of those who come to Christ for salvation often criticize these new Christians for believing great things about Jesus. Little do they know that creation shouts his praise and that the angels of heaven shout out his glory. Let's not let anyone or anything shame us into silence about our glorious Savior.

Today's Prayer

Father, your Son is marvelous, glorious, gracious, and precious to me. I want the world to know that he is not only my Savior, but also the Savior of all people. Give me wisdom to know how best to communicate this truth in each situation in which I find myself. However, dear Father, may my spoken admiration for your Son and my life's witness to his grace never be withheld because I'm afraid of what others may think of me. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Today's Verses in Context

After Jesus said these things, he continued traveling toward Jerusalem. Jesus came near Bethphage and Bethany, towns near the hill called the Mount of Olives. Jesus sent out two of his followers. He said, "Go into the town you can see there. When you enter the town, you will find a young donkey tied there. No person has ever ridden this donkey. Untie the donkey, and bring it here to me. If any person asks you why you are taking the donkey, you should say, 'The Master needs this donkey.'" The two followers went into town. They found the donkey exactly like Jesus told them. The followers untied the donkey. But the owners of the donkey came out. They said to the followers, "Why are you untying our donkey?" The followers answered, "The Master needs it." So the followers brought the donkey to Jesus. The followers put their coats on the donkey's back. Then they put Jesus on the donkey. Jesus rode along the road toward Jerusalem. The followers spread their coats on the road before Jesus. Jesus was coming close to Jerusalem. He was already near the bottom of the Mount of Olives. The whole group of followers were happy. They were very excited and praised God. They thanked God for all the powerful things they had seen. They said, "'Welcome! God bless the king that comes in the name of the Lord.' Peace in heaven and glory to God!" Some of the Pharisees said to Jesus, "Teacher, tell your followers not to say these things!" But Jesus answered, "I tell you, these things must be said. If my followers don't say these things, then these rocks will say them."

Luke 19:28-40

Related Scripture Readings

The person that wants to save his life will lose it. And every person that gives his life for me will save it. It is worth nothing for a person to have the whole world, if he himself is destroyed or lost. If any person is ashamed of me and my teaching, then I will be ashamed of that person. I will be ashamed of that person at the time I come with my glory and with the glory of the Father and the holy angels. I tell you the truth. Some of you people standing here will see the kingdom of God before you die."

Luke 9:24-27

That is why I want you to remember the gift God gave you. God gave you that gift when I put my hands on you. Now I want you to use that gift and let it grow more and more, like a small flame grows into a fire. The Spirit God gave us does not make us afraid. He is our source of power and love and self control. So don't be ashamed to tell people about our Lord {Jesus}. And don't be ashamed of me—I am in prison for the Lord. But suffer with me for the Good News. God gives us the strength to do that.

2 Timothy 1:6-8

Christ obeyed God, so God raised Christ to the most important place. God made the name of Christ greater than every other name. God did this because he wants every person to bow for the name of Jesus. Every person in heaven, on the earth, and under the earth will bow. Every person will confess (say), "Jesus Christ is Lord (Master)." When they say this, it will bring glory to God the Father.

Philippians 2:9-11

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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