7. What Does “Hosanna” Mean?
The crowds knew Psalm 118:25-26 by heart: “Lord, save us! LORD, grant us success! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD. From the house of the LORD we bless you” (NIV).
Hosanna is a cry or request for salvation and deliverance, traditionally sung at Passover. It means, “Save!” “As a leader, Jesus would be held responsible for the crowd’s acclamations unless he corrected them,” NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible explains, “Public opinion often held teachers accountable for their disciples’ behavior.” Jesus did not refute the claims of the crowds waving palms and covering the ground with their robes. He did come to save. Not just the ones who recognized who He was, but those whose feet would not hit the earth for centuries to come. Hosanna! Save! Jesus did save. He came to obey and fulfill the will of His Father, successfully dying on the cross. What looked like failure to the crowds as it was happening, and maybe even to us today, actually defeated death forever.
The temple curtain, which separated the people from God’s presence, was torn at Jesus’ death on the cross. No longer are we hopelessly chained to our sin. Our Savior has come. He has risen. Hosanna has come! Hallelujah! He reigns.
Meg writes about everyday life within the love of Christ as an author, freelance writer and blogger at Sunny&80. Her first book, “Friends with Everyone,” is available on amazon.com. She earned a Marketing/PR degree from Ashland University, but stepped out of the business world to stay at home and raise her two daughters. Besides writing, she leads a Bible Study for Women and serves as a Youth Ministry leader in her community. She lives in Northern Ohio with her husband, Jim, and two daughters.
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