Children will be reading about the events surrounding Holy Week in Luke 19 - 23 this week. They may come home with questions as lessons cover Palm Sunday, the Last Supper, Jesus' prayers for His followers, His arrest, trial, and crucifixion, along with Peter's denial. The overriding theme is that we experience good and bad times, sometimes close together or even at the same time. But whether we are in good times or bad, God is with us.
One of my favorite passages from this section is Luke 19:40 where the disciples are crying out and praising Jesus as he rides down the road. Pharisees tell Jesus to rebuke them and Jesus answers, "If they kept quiet, the stones would do it for them, shouting praise." (The Message) or in the Living Bible, "If they kept quiet, the stones along the road would burst into cheers!"
There are actually stones that sing. Pennsylvania and California have volcano fields where stone, due to it's content and tension will ring when hit. Interestingly, we don't even hear all the sounds they make, because they are outside of our hearing range. There are some theories that Stonehenge is made with singing stones and was maybe a giant musical instrument. So...the stones praising is maybe not so far-fetched after all. Just maybe all creation wept when Jesus died and rejoiced upon his resurrection!
Was it a morning like this?
When Peter and John ran from Jerusalem
And as they raced towards the tomb
Beneath their feet was there a tune?
Did the grass sing?
Did the earth rejoice to feel You again?
Over and over like a trumpet underground
Did the earth seem to pound, "He is risen!"
Over and over in a never-ending round
"He is risen, hallelujah, hallelujah!"
From "Was it a Morning Like This? By Sandy Patti