What did Jesus mean when He said that the rocks would speak on His behalf?
From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham
When the Pharisees told Jesus to silence His followers for proclaiming Him the King of glory, Jesus said, “I tell you that if these should keep silent, the stones would immediately cry out” (Luke 19:40). Jesus, Creator God, will always have a witness. His very creation is a witness and He will use whatever is necessary to proclaim salvation to the human race. The Lord simply gives mankind the privilege to testify to the great things He has done.
Archaeology is a sought-after adventure. Some enter this field, studying antiquities, to disprove the Bible. But when many brush the dust of the earth from their knees, they confess that Jesus is Lord! The very rocks do cry out that Jesus lives.
Archaeologist William Albright, born in Chile of missionary parents, stated, “There can be no doubt that archaeology has confirmed the substantial historicity of Old Testament tradition.” Jewish archaeologist Nelson Glueck said, “It may be stated categorically that no archaeological discovery has ever controverted a Bible reference. Scores of archaeological findings have been made which confirm in clear outline or in exact details historical statements in the Bible.”
Where do you stand among these men of history when it comes to Jesus Christ? Our creativity, our inner sense of right and wrong, our ability to love and reason—all bear witness to the fact that God created us in His image. The Bible says God “did not leave Himself without witness” (Acts 14:17). Look up on a starry night, and you will see the majesty and power of an infinite Creator.
(This column is based on the words and writings of the late Rev. Billy Graham.)