As he prepared to enter the city he was fully cognizant of the trials that lay ahead.
He might have chosen to furtively slip in. Attempt to avoid those who were anticipating his arrival.
But he did not.
Instead, he resolutely forged ahead.
As he had expected his arrival quickly drew the attention of a large crowd.
Some leaders, who were part of the crowd, urged him to rebuke his supporters and stifle their enthusiasm.
Perhaps their caution stemmed from an apprehension around how he would be received by the religious leaders. Anxious about the consequences he would surely face as a result of their anger and jealousy.
Or perhaps they were the antagonists. Those who felt threatened. Afraid of his teachings. Refusing to accept the new kingdom that he was initiating. Fearful of his command to love God and all others. Resisting his call to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with God (Micah 6:8).
So, they sought to silence him.
And yet, he courageously persisted.
And then, “When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen:
“Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!”
“Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”
Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!”
“I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out” (Luke 19:37-40).
Jesus defied his adversaries. His death and resurrection revealed the profound truth and good news that they could not silence him nor stop him.
His narrative is eternal. His love is ever-lasting. Steadfast and true.
So acts of worship become inevitable. And pure joy is impossible to contain.
Love is such a mighty force that even if it were possible to temporarily silence believers, then the very stones of the earth would step up to continue the battle cries of love, grace, mercy, and justice.
The scoffers missed an essential truth – that God is the Creator who lovingly shaped his creation. To love him and to love others in return.
This love is impossible to restrain.
It defied the sceptics and cynics. It defeated death.
It is is the only power with the potential to profoundly transform our broken world.
Jesus is our cornerstone. He continues to call out to each one of us to rise and help build his living temple (1 Peter 2:4-10).
To accept his invitation and bravely step into wherever he uniquely calls us to lead and to effect change and to love.
And together, continue to worship and to cry out.
And with an audacious and courageous and triumphant love contribute to his eternal narrative.
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