The Stones Will Cry Out

The Stones Will Cry Out

Scripture selection: Luke 19:37-40

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.”

There would be no silencing them.

As much as those who opposed Jesus wished it; as much as they might wish he would just go away and things would get back to “normal” – nice and quiet – albeit a quietness imposed by Rome – it would not happen.

Jesus made it quite clear.  Even if he told his disciples to hush, the very stones on the ground would cry out “Hosanna, Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the LORD!”

Today, churches sometimes worry about how they are to “get the word out” about Jesus – in a world where there is so much competing noise.

We are told again and again that there is “information overload” and that all the static coming from the media, in all its forms may well drown out the good news about Christ.

But don’t believe it.

I believe it is just as it has always been.

Should Jesus’ followers fall silent – nature itself – God’s creation – will proclaim that He is King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

All we need to do is join the chorus.

By Paul Simrell

The Reverend Paul W. Simrell has served for over thirty years in a variety of congregational and institutional settings. He is a recognized minister with standing in the Virginia region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada and is nationally endorsed by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for specialized ministry in both pastoral counseling and chaplaincy. Ordained in 1982, he has served congregations in Kentucky, Texas, Florida, and Virginia. He currently serves as the pastor of Elpis Christian Church, a small, historic congregation located just a few miles west of Richmond, Virginia. Elpis is the Greek word meaning “expectant hope.” He also serves on the associate clinical staff of the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care, Richmond, Virginia, both as a pastoral counselor and a ministerial assessment specialist, specializing in executive, clergy and relationship coaching. He is a graduate of the University of Florida and Lexington Theological Seminary and has done advanced clinical training in chaplaincy and pastoral counseling at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, Children’s Medical Center and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas and the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care in Richmond, Virginia. He is a Certified Pastoral Counselor, an ACPE Practitioner, and a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. He is a Certified Facilitator of the Prepare-Enrich relationship assessment and skills-building program and served as a volunteer chaplain for over twenty years with the CJW Medical Center campuses in Richmond, Virginia. His avocational interests include playing the piano and drawing. He is very happily married to his wife Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell, a free-lance writer, who is also a Certified Facilitator for the Prepare-Enrich program. Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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