35 They brought the colt to Jesus. They threw their cloaks on the colt, and set Jesus on them. 36 As he went, they spread their cloaks on the road. 37 As he was now getting near, at the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works which they had seen, 38 saying, “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven, and glory in the highest!” 39 Some of the Pharisees from the multitude said to him, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!” 40 He answered them, “I tell you that if these were silent, the stones would cry out.”
So Jesus sits on a colt that has never been ridden–and rides it into a crowd. What does that tell us about God’s ability to tame us? We all find it pretty much impossible to tame the most unsettling parts of ourselves–so this story contains the best possible news. God can tame us. He can cover us with his forgiveness as securely as the humans covered his colt with their cloaks. No wonder the people around Jesus were praising God with a loud voice. How wonderful would it feel to be cleansed, forgiven, free of our agendas, free of our fears, free of our imperfections? No wonder the Pharisees were so unsettled by this outburst of passionate praise; judgmental, law-bound people are the ones most unsettled by the joy of people thankful for grace. It upends them. They are undone. May we all be so undone. For yes, the very stones would cry out if we stopped praising God. The amazing thing is that when we do join in the heavenly chorus–which even now is singing Holy, Holy, Holy–we start to notice that the sky, birds, trees and rocks are already crying out, too. When we hear the sound of it we find that the harmony melts, bit by bit, the hardest rock of all–our stubborn hearts. Have a wonderful, heart-melting, rock-singing day, knowing that if you ask Christ to tame you, He will. He’s got us covered.
(we discovered this little “chapel” at the top of a mountain in Austria last week. One side of the mountain was sunny and hot; we reached the peak and found this side, where the wind howled, lightning flashed, and thunder crashed. No wonder someone nailed a chapel to a tree!) xo