Hosanna in the highest!

Jesus entered Jerusalem, “And the crowds that went before him and that followed him were shouting, ‘Hosanna to the Son of David!  Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!  Hosanna in the highest!” (Matthew 21:9 ESV)

Hoshana (הושענא) is a Hebrew word meaning please save or save now.

Hosanna (ὡσαννά, hōsanna) is a Greek word meaning a cry of praise or adoration.

‘Hosanna’ is a cry for salvation and a cry of praise.  I can’t help thinking what would it have been like to have been in the crowd welcoming Jesus into Jerusalem.  Would I have thought He was the messiah, or would I have doubted?  Would I have been impressed or disappointed that he showed up on a donkey?  There certainly appeared to be a tone of excitement, wonderment, and hope among the people who were gathered.

It is mind boggling to me just how quickly the story changes, though.  The first recorded thing Jesus does while in Jerusalem is storm the Temple and overturn the tables.  Perhaps it makes a bit of sense that the same people who were crying ‘Hosanna’ became frustrated with Him.  He wasn’t what they expected.  He wasn’t what they wanted in a Savior.

The following questions come to my mind:  Is the true Jesus what we want in a Savior?  Or have we changed aspects of Him to make Him into the Savior we want Him to be, not who we need?  Are we content that he came to forgive sins and not to overthrow political establishments and instill order in a world of chaos?  If Jesus showed up to Akron Ohio, and Goss Memorial Church, what tables would He overturn?

My hope and prayer for all of us during the Easter season is that we would revisit that incredible week that changed the world.  I hope pondering Christ’s death and resurrection will change our hearts and minds again.

Blessings,

Josh

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