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Palm Sunday – Hosanna!

palmsundayJust over 2000 years ago Jesus of Nazareth rode into Jerusalem on a colt. There were crowds of people who followed Him in anticipation that Jesus was going to save them from their enemy and bring salvation (Zechariah 9:9-10). The Bible records it as a celebration. When the people heard that Jesus was coming they laid down their garments, and some broke off palm branches and laid those down along His way (Mark 11:8-10). As Jesus passed by, the crowds cheered “Hosanna”. This was a familiar tradition for the people of Israel to do for a king, see 2 Kings 9:13. John describes in his gospel that people took palm branches and went out to meet Jesus, and cried “Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the Name of the Lord! The King of Israel!” It is obvious that those that followed and gathered as Jesus rode into Jerusalem recognized Him as the King of Israel.

What we see here as the multitudes gathered along the way of what is known as Jesus’ triumphal entry or Palm Sunday, is the declaration of Psalm 118. David’s prophecy concerning the Messiah, “this is the day that the Lord has made, we will rejoice and be glad in it” (Psalm 118:24). What day? The day God has made for man’s deliverance. The day set forth for the Messiah to come and give His life a ransom for the salvation of all people. “Save now, I pray, O Lord; O Lord, I pray, send now prosperity (Psalms 118:25). “Save now” is the Hebrew for the Greek translation of Hosanna. “Save now in the highest”, a cry for the messiah to save. In light of this we would encourage you to read Psalm 118 with the Lord Jesus in mind.

What happened in one week’s time to turn the crowd and even Jesus’ closest followers against him? Yes, we understand that he had to suffer the cross and He laid His life down willingly (John 10:18). But, consider this, one day he is celebrated as King and they are declaring him as Messiah, then several days later they are shouting crucify Him. Was it that Jesus did not look like what they wanted Him to look like? Did He not fit their idea of a saving and conquering king? Was it political pressure from Rome? Was it an influence by the religious leaders of the day? Let us guard our own hearts against such things that would cause us to shout hosanna one day and crucify Him the next. I pray that the Church would arise to a new cry of Hosanna. One that would have a continued witness of Jesus Christ day after day and year after year. A true testimony to the lost. That we would be followers of Christ, who would not shout Hosanna once a year or even every Sunday and then deny Him the rest of the week with our actions which speak crucify Him, away with Jesus and His rule and reign in my life. Let us hold fast to John the Baptist’s confession “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” And of our confession of Jesus as Lord, and all the more as we see the day of His glorious return (Hebrew 10:23-25).

Have a Blessed Holy Week.

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