Intro: Ill. The Context. Ill. Palestine is filled with stones. Jesus had
a lot of contact with rocks and stones during His ministry. He walked on the, sat on them,
prayed on them, wept on them and bled on them. If those stones that Jesus came into
contact with could talk, what stories would they tell? Today, as God gives me liberty, I
am going to take you to several places when Jesus came in contact with stones. If stones
could talk these would have a great story to tell. Lets see if we can hear it today.
I. Mt. 4:3-4 STONES ON THE MOUNT OF TEMPTATION They talk of His Sinless Nature
(Ill. 2 Pet. 2:22; 2 Cor. 5:21) When innocent blood was shed on Calvary, sin and
Satan were forever defeated!) (Ill. He is still our Holy Savior today!)
II. John 2:6 STONES AT THE MARRIAGE OF CANA
They talk of His Provision
(Ill. Phil. 4:19 He is still Jehovah-Jireh, "The LORD will
see to it!" He is still "I AM" Ex. 3:14) (Ill. He is worthy of your
III. John 4:6 STONES AT JACOBS WELL
They talk of His Mission
(Ill. He picked the worse one in town to demonstrate his great purpose
Luke 19:10; Mark 2:17 Ill. He still loves old sinners today.) (Ill. He is
still seeking and saving all who come to Him John 6:37!) (Ill. His mission is also
ours Mark 16:15; Acts 1:8)
IV. John 8:7 STONES IN THE TEMPLE COURT
They talk of His Forgiveness
(Ill. He is a forgiving Savior Psa. 103:12 and so on!) (Ill. When
a sinner comes to Him, He gives full justification 1 Cor. 6:9-11 and so on!)
V. John 11:39-44 STONES AT THE TOMB OF LAZARUS
They talk of His Power
(Ill. He has the power to raise the physically dead and the spiritually dead as well!
He is capable of raising up hell bound sinners Eph. 3:20; Matt. 28:18. Ill. He can
take a life ruined and wrecked by sin, touch it by His grace and make it over again.)(Ill.
The touch of the Masters hand.)
VI. Lk. 19:40 STONES AROUND JERUSALEM
They talk of His Glory
(Ill. The context. Jesus was being praised and glorified and the religious elite got
upset over it. He is still worthy and they still get upset. But, we still need to be
actively praising His Name.) (Ill. Praise is a command and not an option Psa. 47:1;
Heb. 13:15. Ill. Dont feel like it Do you reckon Job did? Job 1:20-21!)(Ill.
I dont want the stones doing my shouting. How about you?)
VII. Luke 22:41 STONES IN GETHSEMANE
They talk of His Agony
(Ill. He battled Satanic attack infinitely more intense than what He faced on the Mt.
Of Temptation, but He prevailed and drank from the bitter cup so that you and I might
taste the sweet nectar of salvation..) (Ill. Satan tried to kill Him, but He was
victorious. Calvary was His goal and when He reached the cross, He finished the business
He came here to do John 19:30.)
VIII. Matt. 28:1-6 STONES AT THE GARDEN TOMB
They talk of His Resurrection
(Yes, He died, but He rose up again Matt. 28:6. Now, He lives forever to make
intercession for His people Heb. 7:25. Yes, I am glad that Jesus died on the cross,
but I am more glad that He rose from the dead. A dead Savior saves on one! Ill. Col. 3:3
Our lives are tied with His. We will only live as long as Jesus does!)
IX. Acts 1:10-11 STONES ON THE MOUNT OF OLIVES
They talk of His Return
(Ill. He ascended back to the Father, but He left us the blessed hope and promise of
His return John 14:1-3; 1 Thes. 4:16-18.) (Get ready, for 1998 might just be the
year when the Savior returns to claim His people.) The question is: Are you ready?
Conc: If the stones could speak you know what they would be saying?
Just the same things that you and I ought to be saying today. As we stand here on the
threshold of a New Year, we ought to get about the business of declaring His greatness to
a lost and dying world. If the stones were to speak, they would be doing our job.
Lets get busy for Jesus and spread the message of His saving grace.