On that day, the crowd shouted “Hosanna!” as Jesus rode a donkey into the city of Jerusalem.
Do we shout “Hosanna” too?
The Bible study lesson today comes from Mark 11:1-11 and gives a glimpse into Palm Sunday.
This is the day the people witnessed Jesus riding into Jerusalem on a donkey – and cried “Hosanna”.
Many of these are the same people who would later shout; “Crucify Him!”
Let’s look at the triumphal entry of Christ; and the beginning of a procession to Easter.
Jesus Rides a Donkey into Jerusalem – The Crowd Shouts: “Hosanna!”
As they approached Jerusalem, at Bethphage and Bethany, near the Mount of Olives, He sent two of His disciples, and said to them, “Go into the village opposite you, and immediately as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, on which no one yet has ever sat; untie it and bring it here.
If anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ you say, ‘The Lord has need of it’; and immediately he will send it back here.”
They went away and found a colt tied at the door, outside in the street; and they untied it.
Some of the bystanders were saying to them, “What are you doing, untying the colt?”
They spoke to them just as Jesus had told them, and they gave them permission.
They brought the colt to Jesus and put their coats on it; and He sat on it.
And many spread their coats in the road, and others spread leafy branches which they had cut from the fields.
Those who went in front and those who followed were shouting:
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 came into the temple; and after looking around at everything, He left for Bethany with the twelve, since it was already late. – Mark 11:1-11 NASB
Christ Rides into Jerusalem on a New Colt – The Crowd Praises Him
First, what does the word “Hosanna” mean? Basically, it means “Save Us!“.
Many people were in Jerusalem for the beginning of the great Passover. So, there were huge crowds when Jesus started into town.
They came to see Jesus because they had heard of him, and his miracles. And most importantly, they expected him to ride in as a king on a mighty steed to take his throne.
Instead, he rode in on a donkey’s colt. Still, the crowd shouted, “Hosanna!“.
Ironically, this is the same crowd who would shout, “Crucify Him!” in less than a week’s time.
We Shout “Hosanna” Too
Sound familiar? When we need God for our wants and needs, we shout “Save us!” from harm or sickness.
Other times we pay no attention at all to God. So in one sense, we’re not all that different from the crowd in Jerusalem that day.
Companionship with God
It all comes down to; God wants a personal relationship with us. As Christians, we are His children.
Let me ask you this: Do you feel hurt or angry when your child rejects you? Of course you do! So do I.
But, we still forgive and take care of them, despite their disobedience. This example shows (in part) how God feels about us.
He loves us.
But that’s not all. He also loved the people who shouted “Hosanna!” And, He loved the same ones who yelled “Crucify Him!“.
His never ending love for us sent Christ to the cross. He gave His life so that we might live.
So, let’s talk to God on a daily basis – even if there are no “pressing” needs at the moment. He is always listening. And, He always welcomes our prayers.
We can pray just to thank Him for saving us and to have a conversation with Him! d:-)
Love in Christ
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