“They brought the colt to Jesus and threw their clothes on it, and he sat on it. Many people spread their clothes on the road, and others spread leafy branches cut from the fields. Those who went ahead and those who followed shouted: Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David! Hosanna in the highest heaven! Mark 11:7-10 CSB
This coming Sunday is Palm Sunday. Jesus rides a donkey into Jerusalem fulfilling the prophecy of Zechariah. “Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout in triumph, Daughter Jerusalem! Look, your King is coming to you; he is righteous and victorious, humble and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.” Zechariah 9:9 CSB
The people threw down their cloaks and palm branches on the street before Him. They shouted hosanna as they welcomed Him to Jerusalem. They recognized that Jesus came in the name of the Lord. They welcomed the coming of His kingdom. They shouted hosanna to the highest heaven.
Hosanna is an expression of joy, praise, and adoration. But in the earliest uses in Hebrew, it is translated as “pray, save us.” So as Jesus rode into Jerusalem that first Palm Sunday, the people were not only praising Him, but were wanting Him to save them. They saw an earthly king who would free them from Roman rule. By Good Friday the people would be calling for His crucifixion. The religious leaders, who should have known the prophesies of the Messiah also rejected Him.
This week, let each of us welcome Jesus into our lives and into our homes with hosannas. Come, Lord. Sing praise and adoration, share joy. Hosanna to our Savior. Hosanna to our Christ. Hosanna to Him who came to save all who believe. Hosanna!
I thank God for each of you! And I thank you for joining me this week as we sing hosanna to our Lord Jesus Christ, our Savior!
Blessings and hosannas!