When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen: “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!” “I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.” From Luke 19: 37–40 (NIV)
We begin our Easter week with these verses that take place as Jesus makes his triumphal entrance into Jerusalem. This event is often referred to as Palm Sunday, when the crowds waved palm branches to welcome Jesus into the city.
The verses above describe the scene. The disciples could not help but praise God for the miracles Jesus had done, miracles they had front-row seats to witness. I can only imagine what these eyewitness accounts must have done to grow these disciples’ commitment to follow Jesus. They had seen miracles; how could they not shout out in praise? How could they not tell the stories of what Jesus had done?
I think this same question can apply to our lives. How can we not tell of the great things Jesus has done for us? How can we not tell of how God sent his one and only Son to die on a cross so that we could have a relationship with Him? How can we not tell of how he loves us, how He is with us through triumphs and pain? How can we not testify to the marriages He has restored, the wayward children He has brought home, the illnesses He has healed, the broken and messy lives He has redeemed? We too have great stories to tell.
The old hymn “I Love to Tell the Story” is such a fitting description. Here is stanza 1:
I love to tell the story
Of unseen things above,
Of Jesus and his glory,
Of Jesus and his love.
I love to tell the story,
Because I know ’tis true;
It satisfies my longings
As nothing else can do.
(Text: Katherine Hankey, 1834–1911; Music: William G. Fischer, 1835-1912)
Who can you tell your story to this Easter week?
(Buckhead Church Blog)