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Why would the stones cry out about Jesus?

“I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.” Luke 19:40

            The religious leaders wanted to muzzle the people in Jerusalem who cheered and screamed over Jesus riding into town on a donkey, throwing palm branches.  Jesus replied, when the leaders asked him to tell them to keep it down, that the rocks would cry out.

            His point in that statement was saying this moment was triumphant—the lamb was being led to slaughter on a cross to die for the sins of the world for all time.  All of creation was waiting for this moment.  The enthusiasm over this fulfillment of all prophecies could not be contained.  Even inanimate objects like rocks could not keep quiet.