After the peak there always follows the descent.

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.” Luke 19:38-40 (The Message)

The crowd were ecstatic, like their favourite team had scored the winner in extra time. Shouting praises to God because of what they had seen Jesus do. Three years of miraculous ministry had brought him to the peak of popularity with ordinary people. The religious rulers, however, were keen to make his descent a permanent one. The popularity that had brought Jesus to this place of influence and power over the masses made them mad.

When someone doesn’t like what is said, shouted, or shown their first response is to try to quieten the voice and get those speaking to quit. So it was with Jesus’ opponents at the time. So it is with people who still find his good news of grace, peace, love, and power, disturbing or unpaletable. I wonder our response to these folk today? I wonder if we keep our praise of God personal or do we make it public? and what would Jesus want?

Lord, let my words be filled with gracious praise of you wherever and whoever I am with today. Amen.

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