1 As they all approached Jerusalem, they came to Bethphage. It was on the Mount of Olives. Jesus sent out two disciples. 2 He said to them, "Go to the village ahead of you. As soon as you get there, you will find a donkey tied up. Her colt will be with her. Untie them and bring them to me. 3 If anyone says anything to you, say that the Lord needs them. The owner will send them right away." 4 This took place so that what was spoken through the prophet would come true. It says,
5 "Say to the city of Zion,
'See, your king comes to you.
He is gentle and riding on a donkey.
He is riding on a donkey's colt.' " —(Zechariah 9:9)
6 The disciples went and did what Jesus told them to do. 7 They brought the donkey and the colt. They placed their coats on them. Then Jesus sat on the coats. 8 A very large crowd spread their coats on the road. Others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9 Some of the people went ahead of him, and some followed. They all shouted,
"Hosanna to the Son of David!"
"Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!" —(Psalm 118:26)
"Hosanna in the highest heaven!"
10 When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred up. The people asked, "Who is this?"
11 The crowds answered, "This is Jesus. He is the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee."
Hosanna! Save, Now! Hosanna in the highest! These are the words that were shouted as Jesus(meaning Yaweh saves, Yaweh is salvation, God saves, God delivers) was entering Jerusalem on his way to the week that would end with his crucifixion on a wooden Roman cross. We celebrate it today as Palm Sunday, when the Jewish people celebrated the arrival who they believed to be their Messiah, the King who would save them from their oppression.
Our King has come to save us from the oppression of sin in our lives, and it is up to us to worship and rejoice His coming deliverance, or to ignore Him as just another prophet, another man written of in the history books.
We need to ask ourselves who we will look to as this Holy Week progresses. Will we welcome Him in our lives, and rejoice? Will we join countless Christians in saying, Hosanna! Hosanna in the highest! God saves!
Image from the Assisi Frescoes: Entry into Jerusalem, by Pietro Lorenzetti, about 1320, Fresco Assisi, Lower Basilica, San Francesco, southern transept,Italy