“Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, order your disciples to stop.” He answered, “I tell you, if these were silent, the stones would shout out.””
That first Palm Sunday Jesus announced the first rock concert – the stones singing Jesus’ praise if needed! The comment reminds us that Christ had come not just to save humanity but to restore all of creation. As Paul says in the letter to the Romans, the whole creation has been groaning, waiting for redemption. All creation hails Jesus as God’s anointed one, the one who will deliver us from the consequences of the fall.
So often we think of Christ’s work only in terms of human redemption. While that is important, the story of salvation covers all of creation. Revelation 21 tells us that a new heaven and a new earth will appear at the end of time; in other words, all things will be made new. The cycle of decay and death has entrapped not only human beings but all living things and even much that is not living. And so we celebrate not only what God has done for us, but for all of God’s creation. We join trees and flowers, cats and dogs, everything that has breath and everything that God created in rejoicing over Jesus Christ.
So as we go through Holy Week, let’s not take a ho-hum attitude as if this is not important. Because if we don’t shout out our praise, God will find another way to celebrate the Son’s love. And I’d rather be part of the concert than sitting on the side watching a rock take my place.
Prayer: Gracious Lord, fill my heart with praise today. Let me join all of creation in celebrating your son. My I not stand silent on the sidelines, but instead offer my praise and thanks to the one who redeems everything that has been created by you. Amen.