Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!!
A King riding on a mule
A symbol of peace
The Messiah has come!
Bring out the palms
Make a pathway of victory
Let us honor the King of Kings!!
Hosanna in the Highest!!!
As Jesus rode over the mountain toward Jerusalem many walked before Him waving branches from palm trees. They all cried out together, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed be the kingdom of our father, David! Hosanna in the Highest!!”
These things they said because they believed that Jesus was the Christ, the Anointed King (the Messiah), and they hoped that He would now set up His throne in Jerusalem.
Some of the Pharisees in the crowd, who did not believe in Jesus, said to Him,
“Master, stop your disciples!”
But Jesus said, “I tell you, that if these should be still, the very stones would cry out!”
~Matthew 21:1-11; Mark 11:1-11, John 12:12-17
Our English word “hosanna” comes from a Greek word “hosanna” which comes from a Hebrew phrase hoshiya na.
And that Hebrew phrase is found in one solitary place in the whole Old Testament, Psalm 118:25, where it means, “Save, please!” It is a cry to God for help. Like when somebody pushes out off the diving board before you can swim and you come up hollering: “Help, save me” … “Hoshiya na!”
But something happened to that phrase, hoshiya na. The meaning changed over the years. In the psalm it was immediately followed by the exclamation: “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!” The cry for help, hoshiya na, was answered almost before it came out of the psalmist’s mouth. And over the centuries the phrase hoshiya na stopped being a cry for help in the ordinary language of the Jews. Instead it became a shout of hope and exultation. It used to mean, “Save, please!” But gradually it came to mean, “Salvation! Salvation! Salvation has come!” It used to be what you would say when you fell off the diving board. But it came to be what you would say when you see the lifeguard coming to save you! It is the bubbling over of a heart that sees hope and joy and salvation on the way and can’t keep it in. ~John Piper
I looked again. I saw a huge crowd, too huge to count. Everyone was there—all nations and tribes, all races and languages. And they were standing, dressed in white robes and waving palm branches, standing before the Throne and the Lamb and heartily singing:
Salvation to our God on His Throne!
Salvation to the Lamb!