37. And when he was come nigh, even now 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 that they had seen;
38. Saying, Blessed be the King that cometh in the name of the Lord: peace in heaven, and glory in the highest.
39. And some of the Pharisees from among the multitude said unto him, Master, rebuke thy disciples.
40. And he answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out.
Luke 19: 37-40
There are so many of us here today who will cry out about many things.
If someone offended you, you will cry out.
If someone did something to hurt you, you will cry out.
If somebody took your money in some way, you will cry out.
Two things that we, as black men and women, hate for anybody to fool with, and that is our money, and our honey. WE will cry out when we feel any form of discrimination. We will cry out when we don’t have money to pay our bills.
We will cry out when someone messes with our automobiles. Some of us will cry out when someone else shop at the same store that we shop at and buy the same outfit. We will cry out about what the preacher does. WE will cry out about what the President does. WE will cry out about what the politicians are doing. We will cry out about what the sinners are doing.
We will cry out about our economical status. WE will cry out because won’t nobody else help us. But there are very few times that we will cry out about the works of Jesus.
God has been so good to us, you couldn’t tell it if you tried. Much of why many of us can’t tell it, is because the things that God is doing for us, we feel like we are doing them ourselves.
You didn’t wake yourself up this morning, it was God that woke you.
He may have used the alarm clock to do it, or some other distraction, but I here to tell you that God did it. I don’t care how hard you worked last week, you weren’t the one that put food on your table, God provided you with food. He was the one that gave you your health and strength to get up and go out to work.
There are so many people today that wished they could get up and go to work, but God said otherwise. So, every morning that He allows you to get out of bed,
having your health and strength,
closed in your right mind,
the activities of your limbs,
you ought to cry out, Lord, I Thank you!
Tell Him, I could have been dead and sleeping in my grave, but you allowed my moments to roll on a little while longer, I just want to thank you. You didn’t have to let my eyes see.
You didn’t have to let my ears hear,
You didn’t have to let my tongue talk,
You didn’t have to let my legs walk,
You didn’t have to let my arms bend, Lord, I just want to thank you.
Lord, I owe you so much, and when I really began to think about it, I discovered that I have nothing to give you. I’m only grateful and thankful for all that You have decided to give me.
What I don’t understand about us, as Missionaries is that, we know that we’ve been commissioned to go out into all the world and make disciples, teaching them to observe all things, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, but yet we refuse to cry out.
We will come to Sunday School and to Bible class and we will cry out that there is nobody attending, but the Scripture said to go out into the world and cry out.
When you are at Wal-mart, cry out. Get behind the greeters, and when they say welcome to Walmart, you say, “Come see a man”. When you go to the barber shop or the beauty shop, where we can always find something to talk about, Cry out about Jesus. When you go to the Silver Star, or Golden Moon, and I know that you are only going down there to get something to eat, but when you are done eating, Cry out about Jesus.
When you are just riding down to Annie Mae’s café to see what the boys re doing, Cry out about Jesus. When you are down at the Do Drop Inn, trying to get your groove on, Cry out about Jesus. Fooling yourself like you still got it. And it’s not so much that you still got it, you just don’t want to give up what little bit you got left. But when you come to yourself, Cry out about Jesus.
It’s puzzling to me why we as church folks, the very ones that have been commissioned to Cry out, why we refuse to cry out. Everybody is making some noise except the church. The drug dealer is making noise. The drug addict is making noise. They are on the news, day in and day out.
The murderers in the streets are making some noise.
The gays and Lesbians are making noise.
The pimps and players are making noise.
The chicken heads and crack heads are making some noise.
The politicians are making some noise.
Everything that you can think of, even down to Joe the Plummer is making noise. But when you get down to the church, you can’t hear anything but excuses.
Crying out through rejoicing
These people cried out first by rejoicing. Verse 37. “And when he was come nigh, even now at the descent of the mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice”.
Today, we ought to be rejoicing. Matt. 5:12 says, “Rejoice and be exceedingly glad: for great is your reward in heaven”. I’ve heard so many of us say, “This joy that I have the world didn’t give it to me, the world didn’t give it and the world can’t take it away.
Well, what happened to our joy? To rejoice means to have joy. It means to be glad. To be delighted about what God has done in your life. Phil 4:4 says, “Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say, Rejoice”.
Every time we open the church doors, somebody somewhere got a complaint. Pastor, they won’t let me do this, and pastor they won’t let me do that. Pastor, they are talking about me. Pastor, I would do more around the church, but you know how people talk. Let people talk.
What if talk would have kept God from blessing you? What if talk would have kept Jesus from dying for your sins and mine? I know that talk will hurt, but God said, fear not the one that can hurt the body, but fear the one that can destroy both body and soul.
We should always find joy in the Lord. But instead of us releasing our joy for what He has already done, we are too busy asking God to bless us some more. God has already bless you, and if He doesn’t do anything else, you still need to Cry out for Him.
It is our Christian duty to rejoice. David said in Psalm 32:11, “Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for Joy, all ye that are upright in heart”. Paul said in 1 Thess. 5:16, “Rejoice evermore”. Meaning that it doesn’t matter what you are going through, rejoice.
Aren’t we the ones that cries out that “trouble don’t last always”? Aren’t we the ones that says, “weeping may endure for a night, but joy will come in the morning”? It may be dark right now, but morning will come. Rejoice.
We’ve got to learn that we can’t draw people as long as we are complaining and criticizing one another. WE’ve got to rejoice. Don’t anybody want to be around you, nor join the church with you and it ain’t nothing but confusion all around you. Don’t anybody want get IN mess, we are all trying to get OUT of mess. Learn to rejoice.
Cried out with Praise.
The next thing was their cry of praise. Verse 37, “and praise God” I’ve heard church folks say, “When the praises goes up, blessing will come down”. I know that everybody here wants to be blessed.
We come to church and we act as if God haven’t been good to us. WE will sit sometimes with our hands folded and we won’t even say a word. If someone don’t say anything to you, you won’t say anything to them.
I don’t know, there maybe someone here that’s ashamed to praise Him. David said, in Psalms 113:3, “from the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the Lord’s name is to be praised”. The Lord said, if you ashamed to own me before men, I’ll be ashamed to own you before my Father which is in heaven.
Many of us are wandering why our world is in chaos; we are wandering why our young folks are shooting down one another for no reason at all. Family members can take the lives of everybody in the family. We are wandering why ballgames and concerts are overcrowded, and there is plenty room in our churches.
We wonder why homes are broken, children are going astray, men are leaving their wives for another man, and women are leaving their husbands for other women, it is because we have forgotten how to praise God. David said, Psalms 34:1, “I will bless the Lord at all times, his praise shall continually be in my mouth”. Unless His praises is continually in our mouths, we are missing the mark.
We only want to praise Him when we come to church. With us, praising God is a Sunday thing, but the old saints knew how to reap the blessings of God, and it was through their praise. IN todays’ world, we want the promises of God, but we don’t want to send up any praise. We want God to open the floodgates of Heaven and rain on us, but we don’t want to go down on our knees, nor do we want to lift holy hands and send up some praise.
You know how some of us are, we are too cute to praise Him. I think that Shirley Caesar said that we are too dignified to praise Him. But the Bible says, “Let everything that have breath, praise ye the Lord”.
I come by today to tell you, if you don’t praise Him, the rocks will Cry out, and I don’t want no rock to cry out for me. I’m like Mary was when she said, “My soul doeth magnify the Lord”.
Cried with a loud voice
The last thing they did, they cried out with a loud voice. Verse 37. “and praise God with a loud voice”. Psalms 98:4 says, “Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all the earth: make a loud noise and rejoice, and sing praise”.
Somebody here right now, barely saying Amen, even though you know I’m telling the truth. You are saying it, but you are saying it so low that can’t nobody else hear you. Some of y’all just cool like that. Even the person sitting next to you can’t hear you.
God has commanded us to cry out with a loud voice. Now, make your neighbor hear you, tell them, ain’t going be quiet no more.
When will we cry out about the goodness of Jesus? In our story, we find Jesus was coming to the close of His earthly ministry. He had been down to Zacchaeus’ house. There he taught them and told them a parable of the talents.
As he came to the Mount of Olives, He sent two of His disciples into town to get a colt, upon which, he would make His triumphant entry into Jerusalem. As they went into town and found the colt, just as Jesus said, they brought him back to Jesus and some of them threw their clothes on the colt, so that Jesus could sit on their clothes.
Scripture says, “as Jesus came nigh”. I’m here to tell you today, Jesus is on His way back. I don’t know when, but I do know that Jesus is coming soon. Truly we are living in the last days, now more than ever before, we need to be crying out.
But as Jesus was coming into Jerusalem, Scripture says that a multitude of disciples began to gather around Him. And they cried out, “Hosanna, Hosanna, blessed be the King that cometh in the name of the Lord”.
But, there was some Pharisees there, and they said, Master, rebuke thy disciples. In other words, tell them to be quiet.
And, I need to let you know, when you cry out,
The devil always got somebody that will try to make you be quiet.
The devil has our world so blinded that we can’t even chastise our own children anymore.
But the Lord said, those that I love, I chastise.
We’ve got to learn to cry out to that child that has lost their way.
The devil don’t want us to say anything to the gays and lesbians
Who fought so hard to get a bill passed, so that they can marry one another, but the Lord through Solomon said,
Vanity of vanity, all these things are vanity.
The devil don’t want us to say anything to the gambler,
That will go out on the weekends and lose his hard earned money,
The Lord wants us to tell them, God’s got everything you need.
If you need money, Silver and Gold belongs to the Lord.
If you need a friend, He will be a friend that sticks closer than a brother.
If you need healing, He is a doctor that never lost a patient.
If you have gotten in trouble, He is a lawyer that never lost a case.
If you can’t see your way, He is a way out of no way.
If you are lonely, He is a company keeper and a burden bearer.
And we need to learn how to cry out about Him.
Cry out, in Woodland.
And cry out, in Mantee.
Cry out, in Houston,
And cry out, over in Sparta.
Cry out under the old Oak Tree.
Cry out in the ghetto,
Cry out on the mountain, and cry out down in the valley
Cry out to the good, and cry out to the bad.
Cry out to the strong, and cry out to the weak.
Cry out to the rich, and cry out to the poor.
Somebody don’t know Him.
Somebody don’t know that He;
Took a nine month train, from heaven to earth.
Got off that train, down in a city called Bethlehem.
One day His disciples was crossing over the Sea of Galilee, and a great storm arose, the wind began to blow, the rain began to fall, the waves beat upon the ship.
Jesus was down in the bottom of the ship,
Tell me, they ran down and began to cry out,
Lord, save us from this storm.
He went to the Pool of Salome where He healed a man blind from His mother’s womb.
Spit on the ground and made a little ball of clay and anointed the blind man’s eyes.
He went down to Samaria, in the heat of the day,
He met a woman down by Jacob’s well.
One Thursday night, they caught Him, whipped Him all night long,
Spit on Him, put a crown of thorns on His head,
He never said a mumbling word.
Friday morning, they stretched Him wide, and hung Him on the Cross.
Nails in His hand and Nails in His feet, speared in the side.
Blood came streaming down.