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 NLT
Illustration of Luke 19:36-40 NLT — "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.

Related Scripture Readings

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


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.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.