By: Tim Sader
Lord, save us! Lord, grant us success! (Psalm 118:25)
Last week we learned about honoring the Lord because His name is above all things. We praised Him with the song Praises (Be Lifted Up) by Josh Baldwin. God is the ultimate king of glory; when He comes around the whole earth shakes. His love and mercy washes away all of our sins and we all praise Him as we sing. Hosanna, Hosanna, Hosanna in the highest. Today we will praise the Lord with the song Hosanna by Hillsong. The link to this song is https://youtu.be/NoM0AT8fBvs or search for the song title and artist on Youtube. Originally an appeal for deliverance (Heb. hosia na, Please Save, Psalm 118:25), it came in liturgical usage to serve as an expression of joy and praise for deliverance granted or anticipated. When Jesus came to Jerusalem for his final presentation of himself to Israel, the expression came readily to the lips of the Passover crowds. However misguided their particular expectations may have been, their actions underscore the theme of the Gospels that Jesus is indeed the promised son of David through whom the redemption announced by God’s prophets has come. In him the age-old cry, “Lord, save us, ” has become the glad doxology, “Hosanna,” which equals: “Praise God and his Messiah, we are saved (Baker’s Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology).” Jesus shook things up when He came to earth and the people had great hopes that He would rise up as king and deliver them from Roman rule. The Lord would set us free from our sins as He still is this day; let us rejoice and be glad. We cry Lord save us, grant us success! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord; from His house we are blessed. The light of the Lord shines on us; join in the festal procession up to the horns of the altar. If God is our God we will praise Him; He is God and we will exalt Him (Psalm 118:24-28). We sing to Him, Hosanna in the highest.
When Jesus entered into Jerusalem for the last time before He would be crucified the people believed He would be their savior. Of course He is exactly that but it didn’t look like they thought it would and the Jews missed their Messiah. When He entered into the city on a donkey colt a crowd went ahead of Him shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest heaven (Matthew 21:9)!” These people following Jesus seemed to believe He was from the Lord and the Son of David. They seemed to know that He was the savior promised in scripture. As the crowds followed shouting some of them said, “Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David (Mark 11:9-10)!” Many in the crowd believed He was about to take over the throne of Hearod and use His God power to crush the Roman Empire. This was not the plan. When the crowd of followers came near Him they began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen. Others in the crowd called out, “Peace in heaven and glory in the highest (Luke 19:37-38)!” The people were desperate for peace after many years of Roman oppression. They hoped and believed in that moment that Jesus would bring them peace. On that day the crowd from the festival heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem. They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting, “Hosanna! Blessed is the king of Israel (John 12:12-13)!” Jesus seemed to be so much less than what they expected but in all honesty Hosanna is a proper way to see Him. He is the great king of this kingdom He is building, He is our peace and the glory of God in the highest. Hosanna, Hosanna, Hosanna in the highest!
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No one lights a lamp and hides it in a clay jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, they put it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light. Luke 8:16