One my favorite stories in the Gospels involves what would be Jesus last trip to Jerusalem. A week later, the Romans would crucify Christ. Many churches celebrate Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem as Palm Sunday.
In preparation for the trip, the Lord sent His disciples to Bethany to look for a donkey colt telling the owner that the Lord had need of it.
As Jesus slowly rode into Jerusalem, people began throwing their cloaks on the road before Him while others threw down palm branches. This was an act reserved for royalty as we see happening when Jehu was declared King and people put their garments on the ground as he walked down the steps (2 Kings 9:13).
Then people began shouting “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord” (Luke 19:38 NASV).
The pharisees in the crowd understood what was happening and became very upset by what they were witnessing. They yelled out for Jesus to rebuke His disciples.
But Christ answered them:
“I tell you, if these become silent, the stones will cry out!” (Luke 19:40 NASV)
The message that I take from this is that if society tries to quieten the Christian voice, which is clearly happening today, God will raise-up voices from unexpected sources to declare Christ’s supremacy.
The most recent “stone” involves Tanitoluwa Adewuni, an eight year old boy who just won the 52nd New York State Scholastic Championship chess tournament involving kindergarten to grade three students.
And he is no ordinary player and went undefeated in the tournament taking on children who benefited from personal tutors.
Tanitoluwa had just taken up chess a year earlier to deal with the boredom of living in a homeless shelter. His family had fled Nigeria in 2017 fearing they would be attacked by Boko Haram, an Islamic extremist group.
But now he dreams of becoming a grand master and at 8 years of age already has a ranking of 1587 that we need to put in perspective. The world’s top chess master from Norway sits at 2845.
The New York Times reported that during one game, organizers thought Tanitoluwa had made a gaffe when he sacrificed his bishop in exchange for a pawn. However, when they used a computer to analyze the play it showed that this sacrificial move would significantly improve Tanitoluwa’s position later in the game, which it did.
When the story broke about the family living in a shelter, a GoFundMe page was set up that raised $258,000 for the family in just 18 days. This allowed them to move out of the shelter into their own home. The father now has a job, and the family’s faith in Christ is on display.
Kayode, Tanitoluwa’s dad, shared in an update on the GoFundMe page “to whom much is given, much is required” a quote from Luke 12:48.
Adding, “so we take our blessings and give them back to God and to the world.”
This included giving a tithe of the donation to the church they are attending which has really helped them since they landed in the US.
They are also setting up a foundation to help other Africans trying to settle in the country.
As there is a growing attempt to shout down Christians in the public square by some on the political left, God will continue to raise up stones from unexpected places.