Hosanna!

Mark Chapter 11:1-9

As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage and Bethany at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of his disciples, saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and just as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ tell him, ‘The Lord needs it and will send it back here shortly.’ ” They went and found a colt outside in the street, tied at a doorway. As they untied it, some people standing there asked, “What are you doing, untying that colt?” They answered as Jesus had told them to, and the people let them go. When they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks over it, he sat on it. Many people spread their cloaks on the road, while others spread branches they had cut in the fields. Those who went ahead and those who followed shouted,

“Hosanna!”

“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”

“Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David!”

“Hosanna in the highest!”

Jesus entered Jerusalem and went to the temple. He looked around at everything, but since it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the Twelve.

The week leading up to that first Easter began with what we celebrated yesterday as Palm Sunday. Jesus road into Jerusalem on a donkey, declaring himself King of Israel.

Hundreds gathered in the street to see him. They honored him by waving palm branches and scattering them in the street as he passed by.

They shouted “Hosanna!”

Only days later would these same people shout, “Crucify him!”

Why?

The Jews wanted an earthly king. They wanted someone to buy their independence as a nation with military might, and give them worldly power and gains.

Hosanna is translated as, “Please save us now! Please help us now!” Jesus did come to save the Jews, but not the way they wanted. He came offering eternal salvation, not power and wealth.

Those people who lined the street that day missed the big picture of eternity, because they were to worried about their earthly agenda.

Jesus came to save not only the Jews, but each and everyone of us. If you do not know him this Eater season, call out to him, “Please save me now!” Believe on him, receive his love and acceptance. Take the gift of salvation freely offered to you.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16

If you do know him, but are struggling in some way, call out to him, “Please help me now!” Cast all your cares on him. He wants to be your Prince of Peace.

“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7

Look beyond the things of this earth to an eternity in heaven with our Risen Lord!

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