Hosanna in the Highest!

Do you remember the last event that you looked to with anticipation? You counted the days, the hours and the minutes. It felt like time was standing still because it was not happening fast enough. The dictionary defines anticipation as a feeling of excitement about something that is going to happen in the near future. The future was coming too slowly.

In Matthew 21, we see a crowd filled with anticipation. They have been under Roman rule for a long time, and they are filled with anticipation because , Jesus of Nazareth, has been doing all these marvelous things, surely He must be the Messiah, their new King. So, Jesus entered Jerusalem riding on a donkey. This fulfilled the prophecy in Zechariah 9:9 NLT: “Rejoice, O people of Zion! Shout in triumph, O people of Jerusalem! Look, your king is coming to you. He is righteous and victorious, yet he is humble, riding on a donkey— riding on a donkey’s colt.”

The people was excited;  “Most of the crowd spread their garments on the road ahead of him, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road.” (Verse 8) That was not all; they decided to honor their king verbally. Verse 9 NKJV says,  Then the multitudes who went before and those who followed cried out, saying:

“Hosanna to the Son of David!
‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’
Hosanna in the highest!”

What were they saying? Hosanna means please, save us. They wanted their king to save them from they tyranny of Roman rule. When we say Hosanna, we acknowledge that we cannot do it on our own, just like the crowd who laid their clothes and the branches from the trees on the road; they worshipped their King.

Yesterday, we celebrated Palm Sunday; we waved our palms and sang Hosanna. As we meditate during Holy Week, let us remember that the help we need comes from God. David  expressed his Hosanna in Psalm 118:25 NLT. He said “Please, Lord, please save us. Please, Lord, please give us success.” Today we say Hosanna, and worship our King.

Thought for Today: Friend, let’s celebrate Jesus, “Hosanna in the highest!”

Have a blessed day and walk in praise and victory.

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