Luke 19:28-40 (Procession)
After saying these things, Jesus headed straight up to Jerusalem. When he got near Bethphage and Bethany at the mountain called Olives, he sent off two of the disciples with instructions: “Go to the village across from you. As soon as you enter, you’ll find a colt tethered, one that has never been ridden. Untie it and bring it. If anyone says anything, asks, ‘What are you doing?’ say, ‘His Master needs him.’
The two left and found it just as he said. As they were untying the colt, its owners said, “What are you doing untying the colt?” They said, “His Master needs him.”
They brought the colt to Jesus. Then, throwing their coats on its back, they helped Jesus get on.
As he rode, the people gave him a grand welcome, throwing their coats on the street. Right at the crest, where Mount Olives begins its descent, the whole crowd of disciples burst into enthusiastic praise over all the mighty works they had witnessed: Blessed is he who comes, the king in God’s name! All’s well in heaven! Glory in the high places!
Some Pharisees from the crowd told him, “Teacher, get your disciples under control!” But he said, “If they kept quiet, the stones would do it for them, shouting praise.”
Jesus’ word is truth, the disciples follow it without question and the owners give up their animal at His word even though it is not from his mouth. This passage is a reminder to us all that no matter how much we may dislike it or find it strange, Jesus knows what he is doing and we should follow his word. Not only this but we should praise Him in all that we do. The people in this passage are not afraid to worship Him out loud against the Pharisees wishes.
We are not always called to worship God as they have done but we can worship Him in the quiet as well as the loud.
The end of this passage reminds us that God created everything and even the Earth praises Him, whether we do or not.
Please help us to remember that we should follow your word even when your plans seem to diverge from our own and to remember that we can praise you in all we do, whether it be loud or quiet.