BIBLE READING:JOHN 12:12-19; MARK 1:1-11; LUKE 19:11-44; PSALM 118:25-26

Hosanna in the highest:“Most of the crowd spread their coats on the road [as before a king], while others were cutting branches from the trees and spreading them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of Him, and those that followed Him, were shouting [in praise and adoration], “Hosanna to the Son of David (Messiah); Blessed [praised, glorified] is He who comes in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the Highest [Heaven]!” When He entered Jerusalem, all the city was trembling [with excitement], saying, “Who is this?” And the crowds were saying, “This is the Prophet Jesus, from Nazareth in Galilee.” Matthew 21:8-11(AMP).*

What is the meaning of Hosanna?

The Cross of Jesus Christ is truly the Crux of History because without the former, the latter itself cannot be defined or corrected. The week that heralded the Passion of Christ is known as the “Passion Week” (or Holy Week). Passion Week is the week between Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday. In Jesus’ Life, the week began with the Triumphal Entry *(Matt. 21:1-11)* which encompasses the display of both the Strong Emotions and the Sufferings of Christ. A major fulfilment of Prophecy and the Jewish Expectation of the Messiah *(1 Chron. 17:11-14)* was fulfilled when the large crowd shouted “Hosanna in the Highest Heaven!” *Matt. 28:9(AMP).*

The word “Hosanna” comes from a Hebrew word meaning “save now” or “save us, we pray.” The first word of Psalm 118:25 is  “howosiah-na,” translated “Save us!” and the crowd’s use of this word at the Triumphal Entry was significant—especially as they waved palm branches since Psalm 118 was associated with the Feast of Tabernacles. By saying “Hosanna” as Jesus passed through the gates of Jerusalem and referring to David and his kingdom, the Jews were acknowledging Jesus as their Messiah. They had been waiting a long time for the fulfillment of the Davidic Covenant   *(2Sam. 7)* and their shouts of “Hosanna in the Highest” indicated the hope that their Messiah had finally come to set up God’s Kingdom there and then. *(Lk. 19:11).*
Jesus’ Purpose for riding into Jerusalem was to make public His Rightful Claim to the Throne of David as well as His Messiahship in fulfillment of Old Testament Prophecy. Apostle Matthew says that the King coming on the foal of a donkey was an exact fulfillment of Zechariah 9:9: *“Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion! Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem! See, your King comes to you, Righteous and having Salvation, Gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.”* Jesus rides into His Capital City as a Conquering King and is hailed by the people as such, in the manner of the day. The streets of Jerusalem, the royal city, are open to Him and like a King He ascends to His Palace. This is not a temporal palace but the Spiritual Palace that is the Temple, because His is a Spiritual Kingdom.
In the end, Jesus’ Crucifixion, Death and Resurrection were the reasons why He came to Earth. This was the way He would go on to pay the debt and save humanity. Hosanna teaches us that God had a Plan of Redemption and came through with it. God saves and redeems His beloved children. When you are going through trials, hardships or sinfulness, it is only God Who can save you. It is through Jesus that we receive the Gift of Salvation and enjoy real and lasting freedom and Eternal Life. Hosannah in the Highest!

Father, we thank You for the Cross that redefined human existence and restored us back to the Commonwealth of Christ. As we celebrate Your Passion, we pledge to partner with You in finishing the Work You started at Gethsemane and the Cross in Jesus’ Mighty Name. Amen.

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