If These Were Silent, The Very Stones Would Cry Out | Luke 19:37-40

If These Were Silent, The Very Stones Would Cry Out | Luke 19:37-40

Lords Prayer

Before we begin today’s sermon would you join me in praying the words our Lord taught us to pray?

Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. 
Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done
in earth, as it is in heaven. 
Give us this day our daily bread. 
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: Amen

Introduction

Please stand for the reading of God’s Word.

Luke 19:37-40 ESV  As he was drawing near—already on the way down the Mount of Olives—the whole multitude of his disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen,  (38)  saying, “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”  (39)  And some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples.”  (40)  He answered, “I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out.”

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  • This passage of scripture is known as “The Triumphal Entry”.
    • In the Gospel of John we get a few extra details including people crying out “Hosana in the Highest” and waving palm branches to celebrate the entry of the coming King.
    • This is why the Sunday before Easter is called Palm Sunday, because it was the day Jesus entered Jerusalem to a crowd of people celebrating Him with cheers, praise, worship, and palm leaves.
  • But today I want to focus on this last verse:

Luke 19:40 ESV  He answered, “I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out.”

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  • If These Be Silent, the Stones Will Cry Out!

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Point One – Christ Will, and Shall, and Must Be Praised

Luke 19:37-40 ESV  As he was drawing near—already on the way down the Mount of Olives—the whole multitude of his disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen,  (38)  saying, “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”

John 12:12-13 ESV  The next day the large crowd that had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem.  (13)  So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, crying out, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!”

  • The picture is very clear isn’t it? The crowds line the roads, they worship Jesus as He enters Jerusalem.
    • Our Savior! Our Savior! Our Savior in the Highest!
    • Welcome the King of Israel
      • It’s a spectacular parade of worshipers as Jesus marches by, what a sight it most have been… what a sound it must have been!
      • And how BITTER some of those ol’ Pharisees must have been.

Luke 19:39 ESV  And some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples.”

  • Now why were they bitter? Why did they tell Jesus to rebuke the crowd of followers?
    • Because the crowd was WORSHIPING and PRAISING Him! And that is something CLEARLY recovered for God!
      • God makes it VERY clear that you don’t bow down and worship anyone but Him.
      • And here the crowds are bowing down and worshiping Jesus… Praising Jesus!
        • And these pharisees didn’t believe Jesus was the Messiah… they Didn’t believe that He was God.
        • So they thought all of these people where worshiping a false God… they pleaded with Jesus to ask him to tell his followers to stop… and this is how Jesus replied…

Luke 19:40 ESV  He answered, “I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out.”

  • MAKE NO MISTAKE ABOUT IT! JESUS IS GOD AND JESUS WILL BE PRAISED!
    • Matthew Henry put it this way:

“Whether men praise Christ or no(t) he will, and shall, and must be praised: If these should hold their peace, and not speak the praises of the Messiah’s kingdom, the stones would immediately cry out, rather than that Christ should not be praised.” -Matthew Henry Commentary on Luke 19:40

  • Jesus says “The ROCKS will cry out!” If my creation, man, would be silent then my creation, the Rocks of the earth, will cry out!
    • And this was almost prophetic, in a way.
      • Because in a few days Jesus would die on a cross and His disciples would be silenced…
        • The sun was darkened, the Savior was dead, the disciples where mourning…
          • BUT JESUS MUST BE PRAISED.
        • So least the earth be silent, the earth rended it ‘self… the rocks BURST FOURTH AND BROKE OPEN IN A TERIBLE CHOURSE OF PRAISE FOR THEIR CREATOR!
          • AND AS LONG AS I LIVE AND AS LONG AS I BREATHE THE ROCKS WILL NOT CRY OUT!
            • Because I will not be silenced!
            • Will you?
          • When Jesus returns will you be shouting HOSENA! OUR SAVIOR IN THE HIGHEST!
        • Or will you be cowering by the fire saying “I do not know Him”
  • If our governor says “If you sing we will through you in jail” will you be silent?
  • If the police come through that door and try to shut us down, will you be quite.
  • If I get arrested in the middle of service, would you keep singing, or would you go home feeling defeated?
  • Listen, if they are going to arrest us then we are going to make the Cedar Rapids Jail the biggest church this city has ever seen! Amen?!
    • Prisoners would get saved.
    • Guards would get saved.
    • AND JESUS WOULD BE PRAISED!
      • Even if they cut out my tongue I would praise Him! You ever heard that song by Colton Dixon, You Are? I love this line:

If I had no voice, if I had no tongue
I would dance for You like the rising sun
And when that day comes and I see Your face
I will shout Your endless, glorious praise

  • Let’s go!!!!!
  • This brings me beautifully to point two:

Point Two – It is Your Design and Duty to Praise and Worship God

  • It is your design and your duty to worship God!
    • Whether you are a Christian or not, it is your design and your duty to worship God.
      • If you are a human being then you were designed by the Creator of all things to worship and praise Him!
  • We were designed for three reasons church, To Serve God, To Fellowship With God, and to Worship and Praise God!
    • When you stop doing these things you are outside of your design… you are malfunctioning.
    • When you stop doing these things you are rebelling from your God given duties… you are AWAL.
  • We are designed to praise and worship God and we are commanded to praise and worship God!
  • Let me read the final Psalm in it’s entirety, and I want you to get PUMPED UP about this:

Psalms 150:1-6 ESV  Praise the LORD! Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens!  (2)  Praise him for his mighty deeds; praise him according to his excellent greatness!  (3)  Praise him with trumpet sound; praise him with lute and harp!  (4)  Praise him with tambourine and dance; praise him with strings and pipe!  (5)  Praise him with sounding cymbals; praise him with loud clashing cymbals!  (6)  Let everything that has breath praise the LORD! Praise the LORD!

  • Now I want you to notice something about this… there are two primary places that we are commanded to praise God in Psalm 150… in His sanctuary and in the heavens.
    • When you are in heaven you WILL be praise God for eternity!
    • But if you are not in heaven, according to Psalm 150, the place you ought to be praise God is in the Sanctuary.
      • SO DON’T TELL ME YOU DON’T NEED A CHURCH TO BE A CHRISTIAN… YOU CAN’T EVEN BE A PROPER HUMAN WITHOUT A CHURCH.

Hebrews 13:15 ESV  Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name.

  • Let “US” continually offer up a sacrifice of praise. That’s a group of people, He says “Us”.

Colossians 3:16 ESV  Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.

  • He is talking about singing praises in a church gathering…
    • Otherwise how could you be teaching and admonishing one another?
  • And don’t get me wrong, it doesn’t have to be in a building under a steeple… but it should be a group of people gathering together to Grow in Christ and worship Him… and they should be gathering regularly!
    • You know why I don’t miss church, even when on vacation? BECAUSE I AM NOT GOING TO LET A WEEK GO BY WHERE I DON’T WORSHIP GOD WITH OTHER BELIEVERS.
      • Yes I worship Him in my private times… but there is something about joining with others to worship!
  • Listen Isaiah 43:21 tell us we were created to worship, and if that is true, which we know it is, then there is a special blessing that you receive in participating in public worship.
    • And I am not even talking about God reaching down and giving you a special blessing… I am simply talking about the blessing of doing what you are designed to do.
  • Have you ever put together something with gears… like a lego creation or something, and you find the perfect gear that fits in just the right spot to make everything else move… what an awesome feeling that is…
    • Or working on a huge jigsaw puzzle, and there is a hole that needs a specific piece… how icky it feels when you try a piece that looks like it should fit, but doesn’t… and you press it in and the little cardboards ends bend and get mushy…. AWWW THAT’S THE WORST! But then you find the piece that fits perfectly, it presses in and seems to almost seal itself in place. How wonderful that is.
    • And how much more wonderful it is when we do what we were created for!
  • There are two reasons I want you to come to church to worship God…
    • First and foremost… to bless God.
    • But secondly, because I love you and I want you to be blessed.

Matthew 18:20 ESV  For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.

  • Where two or three are gathered in my name… not one alone… but a gathering… there I am among them, Jesus says!
    • Therefore Christs presence in this place is just as real as Christ presence on the Colt riding into Jerusalem.
  • Plus, God inhabits the praises of His people… that’s what Psalm 22:3 says!

Psalm 22:3 KJV  But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel. 

  • Where two or three are gather in God’s name, He is there, Where His people praise Him, He is there…
    • Therefore, for you to stand in church with your hands in your pockets and your mouth silent would be like you watching Jesus pass by on the colt whilst everyone else sings Hosana in the highest and waves their palm branches.
    • DON’T DO IT! DON’T BE SILENT!

Luke 19:40 ESV  He answered, “I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out.”

Conclusion

  • Listen, I know what some of you are thinking… I you can’t sing… I can’t sing either… But your voice is so sweet to your savior!
    • And it sounds a whole let better to all of us then the sound of the earth RIPPING open because we were silent!
  • Let me challenge you with one more verse… you don’t want to sing… you don’t want to embarrass yourself? You are a manly man…
    • You know who’s not afraid to sing to God, even though they can’t sing and forget most the words?
      • Ezra and Hannah… and probably every other kid here… THEY BELT OUT SONGS OF PRAISE TO THEIR GOD!
      • WE WORSHIP YOU… WORSHIP WORSHIP WORSHIP WORSHIP… WE WORSHIP YOU… YOU ARE GOOD!
        • That’s Hannah, man, she don’t care that she don’t know the words!
    • So those of you who are afraid to sing with all of who you are, let me remind you of Matthew 18:3

Matthew 18:3 ESV  and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

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Aaronic Blessing


יאר יהוה פניו אליך ויחנך
ישא יהוה פניו אליך וישם לך שׁלום

“May the LORD bless you and keep you;
May the LORD shine his face upon you and be gracious to you;
May the LORD lift up his face upon you and give you his peace.”

You are dismissed from this place but not from His Presence

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“May the LORD bless you and keep you;
May the LORD shine his face upon you and be gracious to you;
May the LORD lift up his face upon you and give you his peace.”

You are dismissed from this place but not from His Presence

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