Mothers for Prodigals

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Even the Rocks Cry Out

Telling [them], Go into the village yonder; there, as you go in, you will find a donkey’s colt tied, on which no man has ever yet sat. Loose it and bring [it here].
If anybody asks you, Why are you untying [it]? you shall say this: Because the Lord has need of it.
So those who were sent went away and found it [just] as He had told them.
And as they were loosening the colt, its owners said to them, Why are you untying the colt?
And they said, The Lord has need of it.
And they brought it to Jesus; then they threw their garments over the colt and set Jesus upon it.
And as He rode along, the people kept spreading their garments on the road.
As He was approaching [the city], at the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of the disciples began to rejoice and to praise God [extolling Him exultantly and] loudly for all the mighty miracles and works of power that they had witnessed,
Crying, Blessed (celebrated with praises) is the King Who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven [freedom there from all the distresses that are experienced as the result of sin] and glory (majesty and splendor) in the highest [heaven]!
And some of the Pharisees from the throng said to Jesus, Teacher, reprove Your disciples!
He replied, I tell you that if these keep silent, the very stones will cry out.
And as He approached, He saw the city, and He wept [audibly] over it,
Exclaiming, Would that you had known personally, even at least in this your day, the things that make for peace (for freedom from all the distresses that are experienced as the result of sin and upon which your peace—your security, safety, prosperity, and happiness—depends)! But now they are hidden from your eyes.  Luke 19:30-42 (AMP)

Creation knew its Savior God approached. Praises to God instinctively issued from the hearts of people. Their lips uttered worship to the One their hearts knew to be the Almighty King. After all, every human being was created in the image of the Godhead—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Genesis 1:26-27). Only rebellion against the truth caused some to desire to quiet the masses. 

Those bystanders who praised Jesus as He approached Jerusalem on a donkey couldn’t hold back their songs of joy. They had experienced the miracles of God through Jesus. They had experienced the gracious love of God through Jesus. They had experienced the peace of God through Jesus and now they paid tribute to Him. Their worship came from a heartfelt desire to obey the Sovereign God.

But those other observers selfishly wanted to control the situation and suppress the move of the Spirit. They wanted the order of things done the “right” way. They wanted the order of things done as it had always been done. They wanted the order of things done their way so they rebelled against God’s way, against God Himself in the Person of Jesus. Their resistance came from a sinful desire to oppose the Sovereign God.

Jesus reminded the naysayers that His creation, the very stones of earth, would cry out if His followers didn’t praise Him. Yet His followers knew Him as He knew them and they had to cry out (John 10:22-30). Have you ever experienced God in such a pure way that you simply had to shout out your praises to Him? Or have you experienced such harshness of life that all you wanted to do was oppose Him and yell at Him? 

Jesus gave His life for you and me. He made a covenant with mankind that only He could keep. When the time was right, He stepped in our place and carried our sins to the cross, sacrificing His very breath and shedding His precious blood. But death did not defeat Him—He victoriously conquered it. He arose from the dead, later showing Himself to some of His followers. Can you imagine the emotions they felt? Did they cry out with the rest of creation?

Yes, they did. The stones were rolled away, exposing an empty tomb. The women who brought spices to anoint the body of Jesus were filled with astonishment at finding an angel telling of His resurrection. As they walked away from the tomb, Jesus met them and they fell down in worship. Trembling in fear and great joy, the witnesses ran to tell the disciples what they had seen. God’s people joined creation in praising their risen Savior Jesus Christ. 

Will you too unite with them in adoration for Him? Bleak realities of worldly life may be consuming you, but He’s still God and He longs to comfort you and fill you with His spiritual peace. Allow the Holy Spirit to transform you and recognize His ever faithful presence. With all of creation, shout out praises to Jesus Christ our Risen King, or the rocks will cry out.......

Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! He’s alive—the mighty Conqueror defeated death. Jesus is risen! He is risen indeed! Hosanna in the highest!

Now after the Sabbath, near dawn of the first day of the week, Mary of Magdala and the other Mary went to take a look at the tomb.
And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled the boulder back and sat upon it.
His appearance was like lightning, and his garments as white as snow.
And those keeping guard were so frightened at the sight of him that they were agitated and they trembled and became like dead men.
But the angel said to the women, Do not be alarmed and frightened, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, Who was crucified.
He is not here; He has risen, as He said [He would do]. Come, see the place where He lay.
Then go quickly and tell His disciples, He has risen from the dead, and behold, He is going before you to Galilee; there you will see Him. Behold, I have told you.
So they left the tomb hastily with fear and great joy and ran to tell the disciples.
And as they went, behold, Jesus met them and said, Hail (greetings)! And they went up to Him and clasped His feet and worshiped Him.
Then Jesus said to them, Do not be alarmed and afraid; go and tell My brethren to go into Galilee, and there they will see Me.  Matthew 28:1-10 (AMP)

And when the Sabbath was past [that is, after the sun had set], Mary Magdalene, and Mary [the mother] of James, and Salome purchased sweet-smelling spices, so that they might go and anoint [Jesus’ body].
And very early on the first day of the week they came to the tomb; [by then] the sun had risen.
And they said to one another, Who will roll back the stone for us out of [the groove across the floor at] the door of the tomb?
And when they looked up, they [distinctly] saw that the stone was already rolled back, for it was very large.
And going into the tomb, they saw a young man sitting [there] on the right [side], clothed in a long, stately, sweeping] robe of white, and they were utterly amazed and struck with terror.
And he said to them, Do not be amazed and terrified; you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, Who was crucified. He has risen; He is not here. See the place where they laid Him.  Mark 16:1-6 (AMP)

But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, [the women] went to the tomb, taking the spices which they had made ready.
And they found the stone rolled back from the tomb,
But when they went inside, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.
And while they were perplexed and wondering what to do about this, behold, two men in dazzling raiment suddenly stood beside them.
And as [the women] were frightened and were bowing their faces to the ground, the men said to them, Why do you look for the living among [those who are] dead?
He is not here, but has risen! Remember how He told you while He was still in Galilee
That the Son of Man must be given over into the hands of sinful men (men whose way or nature is to act in opposition to God) and be crucified and on the third day rise [from death].
And they remembered His words.  Luke 24:1-8 (AMP)

Now on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been removed from (lifted out of the groove across the entrance of) the tomb.  John 20:1 (AMP)

At that time the Feast of the Dedication took place at Jerusalem; it was winter, and Jesus was walking in the temple in the portico of Solomon. The Jews then gathered around Him, and were saying to Him, “How long will You keep us in suspense? If You are the Christ, tell us plainly.” Jesus answered them, “I told you, and you do not believe; the works that I do in My Father’s name, these testify of Me. But you do not believe because you are not of My sheep. My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.”  John 10 (NASB)


  1. A great word for this week of Easter! I want to praise Him so its not left up to the rocks to cry out! Love you.