The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted,
“Hosanna to the Son of David!”
“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”[c]
“Hosanna in the highest heaven!”
As I have gotten older my love, appreciation, and gratitude for Easter continues to grow. The story of what Jesus did for us on the cross is an amazing act of love, and what he did three days later is the most miraculous story that could ever be. There’s one word that I want to focus on today.
A week prior to Jesus rising from the dead, he was welcomed with adoration, praise and shouts of Hosanna.
One definition of Hosanna is save us. Knowing what happens later that week has me in awe. That’s exactly what Jesus came to the earth to do and that is exactly what he did. Jesus saved us. I love knowing that even to this day when I cry out Hosanna that Jesus still hears me and comes to my rescue.
Another definition of the word is salvation. That Sunday when the people were pouring out their praise and paving the path with palm leaves, they were declaring salvation. Jesus performed the greatest act of salvation when he took our place on the cross. Hosanna in the highest indeed.
Lastly, Hosanna also means thank you. No one knew yet what was to come later that week. No one knew that Jesus was going to be arrested, falsely accused, badly beaten, and crucified for all the world to see. They didn’t know yet, but I do now. I know that Jesus was given a choice. I know that despite being innocent, he still chose to take my place. I know that it should have been me, so today I loudly shout Hosanna. I am thankful for what he did for me. I am unbelievably thankful.
Today, take a few minutes to cry out Hosanna. Let God know that you are thankful that He sent his son. Tell Jesus that you are thankful that he loves you so much that he took your place. Shout Hosanna.