THEME: Worship. Palm Sunday.
OBJECT: A bucket full of rocks and stones.
SCRIPTURE: "I tell you," he replied, "if they keep quiet, the stones will
cry out." Luke 19:40
You are probably wondering why I have this bucket of rocks with me this
morning. Well, I had heard that we might have a "rock concert" this morning.
I see some of you smiling, don't you believe that these rocks could sing?
Well, let me tell you a story about Jesus and tell you what he said about
One day, Jesus rode into the city of Jerusalem on a small donkey. His
followers were lining the streets and they were praising Jesus and shouting,
"Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and
glory in the highest!" They were creating quite a stir and some of the
religious leaders didn't like it. They asked Jesus to keep his followers
quiet. Jesus answered them and said, "If they remain silent, the stones
would immediately begin to cry out!"
If these rocks would cry out this morning, I wonder what they would say? One
might tell how a little shepherd boy named David used a small stone to slay
a giant to show that we can do anything when God is with us!
Another might tell how the prophet Elijah used stones to build an altar to
God. The altar was used to offer a sacrifice to God to prove that He is the
one, true God.
This rock might tell how Solomon had used stones to build a beautiful temple
for people to worship God.
Still another rock might remind us that Jesus once told a story about a wise
man who built his house upon a rock. When the storms came, the house on the
rock stood firm.
Yes, these stones might have a lot of stories to tell, but we won't let
them. Just as the followers of Jesus lined the streets to praise their King,
you and I are here today to praise our King. As long as we praise him, there
will be no need for these stones to cry out.
Dear Lord, we know that you would rather hear us praise you than to hear a
"rock concert." So Lord, we lift your name on high! Amen.