05/04/M – Hosanna!

Leviticus 27:1-34; Mark 11:1-11; Psalms 46:8-11; Proverbs 14:22-24

NT: “When they approached Jerusalem, at Bethphage and Bethany near the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples and told them, “Go into the village ahead of you. As soon as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, on which no one has ever sat. Untie it and bring it. If anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this? ’ say, ‘The Lord needs it and will send it back here right away.’” …They brought the colt to Jesus and threw their clothes on it, and he sat on it. Many people spread their clothes on the road, and others spread leafy branches cut from 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 heaven! He went into Jerusalem and into the temple. After looking around at everything, since it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the Twelve.” (‭‭Mark‬ ‭11:1-3, 7-11‬ ‭CSB‬‬)

Instead of telling people to not proclaim who He was, as He had done during His entire ministry, Jesus allowed His followers to give a public demonstration of who He was. His time had come. He rode in on a donkey to fulfill Zechariah’s prophecy in Zechariah 9:9. The people on the road from Galilee to Jerusalem believed Jesus to be the promised Messiah, and they honored Him as such. They spread their outer garments on the road and laid down branches as a red carpet of sorts. Their shouts came from the Messianic Psalm 118: “The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone. This came from the Lord; it is wondrous in our sight. This is the day the Lord has made; let’s rejoice and be glad in it. Lord, save us! Lord, please grant us success! He who comes in the name of the Lord is blessed. From the house of the Lord we bless you.” Hosanna means ‘save now!’ They were recognizing Jesus as the promised Chief Cornerstone. They were proclaiming “This is the day!” And through the culmination of all their hope and expectation, they shouted, “Hosanna! Lord, Save us now!“ Oh, Jesus would save them, just not in the way they expected. He was the king, just not the king of an earthly kingdom. He was the Messiah, Hut he didn’t come to deliver them from Rome. He came to redeem them from the kingdom of darkness and bring them into the Kingdom of Light. He was the festival sacrifice, and in less than a weeks time, He would be “bound to the horns of the altar.” Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His faithful love endures forever.

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