He answered, “I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out.”
As Jesus drew close to Jerusalem for the last time at the start of Passion Week, the joyous celebration of His entry would soon quickly move into heightened confrontation. Eventually many in the crowd that welcomed Him through the gates would be screaming for His execution before Pilate. But for now, all is joyous praise in a wildly celebratory Messianic moment as Jesus rode on a donkey's colt like a prince through the streets of Jerusalem.
The praise of the Triumphal Entry was an ordained moment. It fulfilled Messianic prophecy. That is why when the Pharisees hear Jesus hailed as King by the crowd they ask Jesus to rebuke them. But He refused to do so. The truth had to be shouted out. And if the people would not shout out Jesus as King, the very stones of the city streets would have to do so. There is no denying who Jesus claims to be. He is the Messiah. He is the rightful King.
Christians see their King in the Triumphal Entry. We see Jesus in a glimpse of regal worship and get a sense for how we should worship the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. He is to be welcomed in full authority over us. We bow and cry out His praises. We accept His peace and blessing upon us. It came at the King's life given for us and is powerfully proven by His resurrection from the dead. His mighty works are unmatched. His love is perfect. Jesus is Our King. We sing His praise or the very stones will cry out!