He answered and said to them, “I tell you that if these should keep silent, the stones would immediately cry out.” Luke 19:40
Several years ago I had the privilege to visit England when my husband, Ken, was deployed with the Navy. We had the opportunity to tour several castles which was a dream come true for me. The size of these ancient fortresses was overwhelming, especially when you think about the task of building something so immense without cranes, bulldozers or modern technology. The craftsmanship was evident as these stone structures are still standing hundreds of years later. History told its story everywhere you looked. The stones were crying out.
Centuries before these castles were erected the temple in Jerusalem was built by King Solomon but was later destroyed by invaders. Construction of a second temple was started several decades later. Jesus wept over the city of Jerusalem and prophesied that the temple would not have one stone left upon another and in 70AD the Romans came in and leveled it. A remnant of the wall surrounding the temple is all that is left and is known today as the Wailing Wall.
The Messiah was rejected. The stones cried out.
On a hill called Golgotha, our Savior took His last breath and gave up His Spirit. The earth shook and the rocks were split. The stones cried out. Redemption was done.
He was laid in a tomb and it was sealed. On Sunday morning the stone rolled away, guards fled in fear, and the earth shook again. The stone cried out: Resurrection.
God laid the foundation for a new temple with Christ as the chief Cornerstone when His blood was placed on the mercy seat of Heaven.
“Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious. You also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.”
(I Peter 2:4-5)
We, as living stones, are His temple and as we proclaim His Word, the stones cry out.
What are you, as a living stone, saying about Resurrection Day? Please share your thoughts.