“When Jesus was starting down the Mount of Olives, His large crowd of disciples were happy and praised God because of all the miracles they had seen. They shouted: “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory to God.” Some Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, make Your disciples stop shouting!” But Jesus answered, “If they keep quiet, these stones will start shouting.” (Lk 19:37-40)
This picture is taken some years ago, on a trip to Israel. My husband and I, with some brethren from our church, are walking down the Mountain of Olives, through the same pathway Christ took when He entered Jerusalem riding on a donkey. As it was then, so it is now. The religious spirits still want to shut up our mouths, so that we should not praise our God. But that is not possible! We shout with all our strength! Like blind Bartimeus we must shout above all other voices! Stones cannot shout when we are here praising God! Shout to the Lord with a voice of triumph! Jesus Christ is Lord! Jesus Christ is alive! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest!!! Glory to the Lamb of God!!!