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

Saturday, November 11, 2023

As [Jesus] rode along, the crowds spread out their garments on the road ahead of him. When he reached the place where the road started down the Mount of Olives, all of his followers began to shout and sing as they walked along, praising God for all the wonderful miracles they had seen.

"Blessings on the King who comes in the name of the Lord!
Peace in heaven, and glory in highest heaven!"

But some of the Pharisees among the crowd said, "Teacher, rebuke your followers for saying things like that!"

He replied, "If they kept quiet, the stones along the road would burst into cheers!"

— Luke 19:36-40 NLT

Key Thought

Isn't it sad that people still get upset when they think folks are too exuberant over the presence of Jesus? Even worse, non-Christian 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 the 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.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Luke 9:24-27
  • 2 Timothy 1:6-8
  • Philippians 2:9-11

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Illustration of Luke 19:36-40 NLT — "If they kept quiet, the stones along the road would burst into cheers!"

About This Devotional

What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware and is available in book form.

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