“The very stones would cry out.”Luke 19:40
On a cold winter’s day in January 1905, a baptism of new adult believers took place in the river estuary at Fishguard, a little harbor town in west Wales. It was windy, and there was a storm, yet over 1,000 people stood on the bridge and along the coastal paths to watch and burst out with shouts of praise and singing as 93 people gave profession of faith and were immersed in the water, rising up to newness of life. A contemporary regional newspaper wrote of the event that “even the spray and rocks seemed to join in with the praise”.
On Palm Sunday the multitude had loudly welcomed Jesus, honouring him and glorifying God. Their hearts were open, but fickle. The same voices which called out praises were to call out “crucify” only a few days later. Some of the Pharisees on the other hand were unmoved. They were hard-hearted. “Teacher, rebuke your disciples.” So much for orthodox legalism, often angry, and utterly powerless to recognise the Prince of life when He appears.
Jesus responds: “I tell you, if these were silent the very stones would cry out”.
Here’s good news for the unmoved, the bruised, hard or dead hearted: if we ask, He will give us a new heart so that we become one of the stones which cannot help but join in the praise.
Why not ask the Lord to soften your heart today, and to open your eyes to recognize the signs of His coming?