The Prince of Peace

We know the story, or so we think, because we heard about this stuff in Sunday School. It’s the story of Palm Sunday, Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. The Book of Luke tells it best as Luke transports us back in time to the last week in the earthly ministry of Jesus (Lk 19:28-48).

 Wow, what a week it was! With His instructions to the disciples to go and find the colt in the village, Jesus seems to be doing exactly what His disciples expect Him to do; take charge, make a bold statement, enter Jerusalem as the Messiah that He is.

 The crowds in the city have swelled to several hundred thousand, filling the streets of Jerusalem as pilgrims and residents of the city prepare for the Feast of Passover, the most memorable feast in the history of the Jewish people.

It is this Passover feast that celebrates and recognizes God’s deliverance of the nation of Israel from the slavery of Egypt. The Seder meal of lamb and bitter herbs and other symbolic foods will be eaten this week, reminding the first century Jews that God freed their ancestors from the oppression of Egypt.

Jesus however, is not traveling this road as a revolutionary, He is traveling the road as the Prince of Peace.

This was an occasion which called for praise… yet the Saviour is met with anger and assaulted with demands from the Pharisees. “Teacher rebuke your disciples,” they shout; because the disturbance has become intolerable. And here comes the comment of the event, the comment that would focus their reality…

Jesus answers, “I tell you that if these should keep silent, the stones would immediately cry out.”

 Stones crying out? Now there is an odd concept. What our Lord is saying here is that there are times and seasons that God’s children are suppose to define and proclaim to the world, because they are the ones best fitted to do it. They experience the mighty works of God. They know Who it is who is behind these things. They are the ones who should understand the meaning of “triumph”; after all Jesus has become known for His ability to overcome all broken-ness and crush all darkness. The disciples are the ones set apart by God to proclaim the greatest Truths and to help the world experience God’s heart. But what if they won’t do it? “Well then,” says Jesus, “the stones will cry out.” That is, that which is not designed for this purpose, which is not particularly prepared for it, will begin to define the Truths for a stiff necked people.

I believe that in a very real way we either listen to the kind message of grace that comes from the Prince of Peace or on some level we are introduced to the voice of judgement. We can give our ear to our Heavenly Father’s invitation and remedy the ache of our troubled souls or the violent stirring of disaster looms heavy at our back door. There are praises which God desires to be uttered, if for no other reason than to sharpen the clarity of a national hunger for Peace… within.

Were this Prince of Peace not to be received then we all would miss the day of our visitation (Lk 19:41-44).

We will not be saying “oops, sorry I missed your call,” but finding no stone upon another, our enemies will bring forth our destruction. Hear the praises and visitation is a sure thing, but silence the human voices and the stones’ volume will become deafening.

You see what makes for peace is not a lack of strife, but the recognizable Presence of the Prince… He is our Prince of Peace!

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