Stones cry out. Until this point Jesus squelched every outburst by people labeling him the Messiah. He’d heal someone and say don’t tell anyone. Large crowds would want to make him king and Jesus would withdraw and hide (Joh 6:15). It will be different today. He will not only allow, but encourage them to hail him as king. Why? If they’d proclaimed him as king earlier the Jews would have prematurely executed him. Now it was time. If they wouldn’t stones cry out. 


Will The Stones Cry Out? (Luke 19:28-44)

By Delbert Young

Will the Stones Cry Out? Luke 19:28-44

Scriptures: Luke 19:28, Daniel 9:25-26, Luke 19:29-34, Luke 19:35-36, Zechariah 9:9, Luke 19:37-38, Luke 19:39, Luke 19:40, Habakkuk 2:11, Luke 19:41, Luke 19:42-44

If you’ve ever wondered what “The Passion” means, I pray we have some answers for you in the next few weeks. Today we ride into Jerusalem with Jesus for what we call Palm Sunday. Today we enter the most supernatural aspect of Jesus Christ. We enter his entrance to death and his eternal life. The journey from Galilee to Jerusalem beginning in Luke 9:51 finally ended. No matter what Jesus told the crowd traveling with him they continued to expect the Messiah to take over and overthrow the Roman Empire. Even though Jesus told his disciples again and again how in Jerusalem he would die a horrific death they maintained their personal expectations of what the Messiah was to be and would do. Do we ever do this? No matter what someone shows us or tells us is truth we maintain our views? Even with God we have our personal expectations about what God should do. Could we be wrong? He has his plan.

Until this point Jesus squelched every outburst by people labeling him the Messiah. He’d heal someone and say don’t tell anyone. Large crowds would want to make him king and Jesus would withdraw and hide (Joh 6:15). It will be different today. He will not only allow, but encourage them to hail him as king. Why? If they’d proclaimed him as king earlier the Jews would have prematurely executed him. Now it was time. He wanted to be on the cross the next Friday. Why Friday? Friday would be when the Passover lambs were slain and Jesus is the true Passover Lamb of God. He set this in motion at such a massive level the Jewish leaders could wait no longer to execute him. The Jews thought they were taking advantage of Jesus being in Jerusalem for Passover to kill him. Unknowingly they fulfilled Christ’s mission.

Luke 19:28 After Jesus had said this, he went on ahead, going up to JERUSALEM.

After Jesus taught the parable of the Ten Minas at Zacchaeus’ house he headed for Jerusalem to die. It had to happen at Jerusalem. Why? The temple was at Jerusalem and all sacrifices happened at Jerusalem. It had to happen this Passover. Why? It’s time!

Daniel 9:25-26 “Know and understand this: From the issuing of the decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until the Anointed One, the ruler, comes, there will be seven ‘sevens,’ and sixty-two ‘sevens.’ It will be rebuilt with streets and a trench, but in times of trouble. After the sixty-two ‘sevens,’ THE ANOINTED ONE WILL BE CUT OFF and will have nothing. The people of the ruler who will come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end will come like a flood: War will continue until the end, and desolations have been decreed.

This was 483 years after Daniel’s prophecy called “The Seventy Weeks” (Dan 9:24-27 says, 7+62=69, 69×7=483 years) . I can’t do all the math for you here, but if you will go to the link I give for below you can research to your heart’s content. Please note after the anointed one is cut off the city and the sanctuary would be destroyed and decreed desolations take place. Jesus was exactly on schedule. This was Daniel’s year! Amazing!

It’s estimated at least 15,000 lambs were slain at Passover in Jerusalem. The rule was a lamb per 10 people. This estimates at least 150,000 people coming from all over the known world. This was massive for ancient times. Where do they shelter, in tents or outside? Where do they potty? What about food and water? It’s impossible to capture the frenzy of excitement by the people. A large caravan growing exponentially with every step traveled with Jesus.

Luke 19:29-34 As he approached Bethphage and Bethany at the hill called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples, saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ tell him, ‘The Lord needs it.'” Those who were sent ahead went and found it just as he had told them. As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, “Why are you untying the colt?” They replied, “The Lord needs it.”

It would be either Sunday (Palm Sunday), or Monday as some debate. To me, it’s not an object of debate. The event itself is what matters. As Jesus approached Jerusalem near Bethphage and Bethany he sent two disciples to find a young colt (polos {po’-los} meaning a young horse or young donkey). Matthew 21:2 says “you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt.” Jesus described exactly where the colt would be. How did he know this? He said“no one has ever ridden.” It’s as if the little donkey was created for one special rider. Jesus instructed them what to say if questioned and they were. “The Lord needs it.” (Lord – kurios{koo’-ree-os} – supremacy, owner, the sovereign, prince.) This doesn’t sound like much of an explanation to us, but it shows how everyone knew who “The Lord” was. The anticipation of the entire area had hit the village. All needing to be said was “The Lord needs it.”

A donkey was of great value in their society. The owner was very generous when it came to the Lord. How generous are we? What does the Lord need from you you’ve tied up? When the Lord needs it will you give it?

Luke 19:35-36 They brought it to Jesus, threw their cloaks on the colt and put Jesus on it. As he went along, people spread their cloaks on the road.

I know you’ve seen this scene played out in movies. No matter how moviemakers portray it, a big man on a young donkey, or even grown donkey, is just goofy looking. I’m not denigrating the event. I’m making a point. Why a donkey? Do you think “Donkey” like in Shriek? Why not a great white stallion? The reason is again prophesy. Around five hundred years prior to this happening Zechariah wrote:

Zechariah 9:9 Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion! Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem! See, yourKING comes to you, RIGHTEOUS AND HAVING SALVATION, GENTLE and RIDING ON A DONKEY, ON A COLT, the foal of a donkey.

Jesus didn’t come as the conquering king to change government. He came as the gentleKing to change hearts. He came righteous and having salvation. The donkey ride was significant. It had to be this donkey. How did Jesus know where the donkey was? This donkey was preordained and predestinated giving another proof Jesus is who he said he is. God knew about this donkey. Do you think maybe God knows something about you? Do you think maybe you are preordained and predestinated? The Bible says you are (Rom 8:29-30). If God could use a donkey do you think he could use you? Jesus rode into town on a donkey and the whole world changed. Certainly if he can ride on you and me something good can happen. God doesn’t use the biggest, or even the most intelligent white stallions. God uses what he can ride even if it looks goofy. Is it time to give Jesus a ride?

The disciples placed their cloaks over the donkey as a make-shift saddle and put Jesus on it. People began to spread their cloaks on the road. This was an ancient custom (2Ki 9:13) symbolizing submission saying we place ourselves under your feet. The parade escalated.

Luke 19:37-38 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!”

As they topped the Mount of Olives the whole crowd went wild! They could see Jerusalem and the temple. It would have been a beautiful site to them. The euphoria was at crescendo! They’d all seen the miracles. They all had their own stories of a miracle for themselves or a miracle for someone they knew. The long awaited King comes in the name of the Lordmeaning with God’s authority. For the moment they are swept away and caught up in the excitement. They were spreading their cloaks. Matthew says (21:9) they were shouting “Hosanna to the Son of David!” “Hosanna in the highest!” John tells us they laid palm branches (Joh 12:13). Good thing or we’d have to call it “Cloak Sunday.” People were coming from everywhere to join in the praises and joy. They were praising and worshiping King Jesus “as if he was alive.” Do you remember the first time you saw people worship and praise God like he was alive? You must admit most Christians don’t. Do you?

All this was taking place outside the city. They thought the kingdom of God would come at once (Luk 19:11). What would he do? How will he take over? Jesus had not come to take over. He’d come to die. They didn’t understand.

Luke 19:39 Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!”

This praising and carrying on was blasphemy to the Pharisees. Jesus was not their King and Messiah. They hated him. It angered them Jesus allowed and accepted the adoration. Again, it was time. Jesus must accelerate the anger of the Pharisees so the religious system would have him on the cross Friday. The religious people said “Stop them praising and worshiping you!” His answer is one of the most stunning replies in the Bible.

Luke 19:40 “I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, THE STONES WILL CRY OUT.”

Can stones cry out? The word Jesus used for cry out is krazo {krad’-zo} – to croak, to cry or pray for vengeance. We interpret this meaning if humans don’t praise Jesus creation will, but this isn’t what Jesus meant. First notice Jesus didn’t say, “Oh. Sorry. They are getting carried away.” Jesus said,“If they keep quiet… if they ever keep quiet praising me something will happen – the stones cry out and pray for vengeance. Jesus referenced Habakkuk.

Habakkuk 2:11 THE STONES OF THE WALL WILL CRY OUT, and the beams of the woodwork will echo it.

This was a prophecy of desolation given to the Chaldeans. The stones were the stones used to build the wall of the city. The beams echoing the cry was the city itself. The Pharisees knew what he meant. If they keep quiet – if/when they stop praising me this city will be laid desolate. Did they quit? This was Sunday or Monday. Friday they not only stopped praising, they demanded his blood and killed him. And we wonder why Israel is in constant turmoil? Really? We should realize the more America is quiet the more the stones cry out. The more you and I keep quiet the more the stones cry out for vengeance.

Luke 19:41 As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it

Wept is klaio {klah’-yo} – weeping as the sign of pain and grief for the thing signified, of those who mourn for the dead. You have done, or you’ve seen this type weeping. Jesus was racked with agony heaving uncontrollably in sorrow. He’s blubbering. He wasn’t rejoicing saying you’ll get yours because you rejected me. No.

Luke 19:42-44 and said, “If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace — but now it is hidden from your eyes. The days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and encircle you and hem you in on every side. They will dash you to the ground, you and the children WITHIN YOUR WALLS. They will not leave ONESTONE ON ANOTHER, because you did not recognize the time of God’s coming to you.”

Did the stones cry out? Why? They quiet their worship. In 70 AD the stones received vengeance. The walls came down. The stones of the temple cried out and were taken down one by one exactly as Jesus said. Jesus described judgment coming upon their generation. An embankment, or siege, was placed to encircle Jerusalem by the Roman army led by Titus. No food came into the city. With no refrigeration, it only took days to weaken the people. They became cannibalistic, starved, and died. The city and the people and the children within their walls were dashed to the ground. The temple came down when stones cry out.

Jesus desires to ride into our lives as the gentle king, righteous and with salvation. Has he? Is it time? If so then he wants to use you to ride into your city and the lives and hearts of others. Allow his disciples to untie you, prepare you, and put Jesus on you. Praise God as if God is alive. Praise Jesus as if Jesus is King. Don’t allow the stones to cry out. Never be quiet. When stones cry out vengeance comes.

Other Related Sermons:

Revelation Chapter 21 – New heaven new earth, New Jerusalem the Bride the Lamb’s wife, foursquare city – sermon video audio notes

Donkey with a Destiny – Palm Sunday sermon video audio notes

Revelation Chapter 18, Jerusalem Babylon the Great – sermon video audio notes