“Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”
Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!”
“I tell you,” He replied, “if they keep quiet the stones will cry out.”
All creation cries out praise to God. That is what Jesus is saying here. The Pharisees were upset because Jesus disciples were praising Him and proclaiming His place as King and that He comes the name of God. They didn’t think it was right and they wanted them to stop.
I like Jesus response here. He never really answers them to say whether He will stop them or not. They were probably expecting something like, “you’re right, they shouldn’t be doing this. I’ll make them stop.,” or even, “No, they speak the truth, I will not tell them to be quiet.” Instead Jesus tells them, “I tell you, if they keep quiet the stones will cry out.” Basically Jesus tells them that it doesn’t matter if they are quiet or not because everything around them will cry out; the rocks; the trees. All creation cries out praises to God. Creation always sings praises to it’s creator.
Think about a painter. He paints a masterpiece and everyone who sees it looks on in awe. I have never heard anyone say, “Look at that picture, it sure did a good job painting itself!” No, instead, the painting sings praise to it’s creator and those who see it are in awe of how good he is at painting. Really, you can see a piece of the painter in his painting.
It’s the same with creation. The world is God’s canvas and all creation is His masterpiece. That is what Jesus is talking about when He says, “the stones will cry out.” If you take a moment and just reflect on all you see around you, you can’t help but see the creator in it. It’s breath taking. Creation is crying out praise to God and we as created beings ought to be doing the same.