Hosanna! – Notes/Study Sheet

(Matt. 21:8-9)



   * Jesus’ final week on Earth (Mt. 21; Luke 9:51).

   * 2 disciples sent to bring donkey and foal to Jesus. Disciples placed their cloaks on donkey’s back (see II Kings 9:13).

   * Jesus rode to Jerusalem on colt in fulfillment of prophecy (Isa. 62:11; Zec. 9:9).

   * Worshippers “paved the way” w/palm branches (Lev. 23:40). Jesus entered Jerusalem as the Messiah (Mt. 21:9).

   * Why did He do this?

      - People were curious about His miraculous power. Crowds still spoke of Lazarus’ resurrection (Jn. 12:18).

            They were focused on material things (Jn. 6:26).

      - Most Jews expected a physical king. They expected someone to deliver them from the Romans, not from Satan.

            Peter misunderstood (Jn. 18:10), disciples misunderstood (Acts 1:6), & some tried to make Him a king (Jn. 6:15).

   * What does “Hosanna” mean?

      - 2 words in the Hebrew—hoshea na. Hoshea – save. Na – I pray, I plead. Hosanna is a cry for help; salvation.

      - Exclamation of joy in Jesus’ day.

      - Jesus is fulfilling the prophecy of Zec. 9:9; bringing salvation to mankind (Heb. 12:28; Rev. 11:15).

      - Only God can save (Psalm 3:8; Isaiah 43:11; Jeremiah 3:23; Hosea 13:4).


1. Jesus entry into Jerusalem may have been His approach to His Heavenly coronation.

   * People thought they needed earthly king. Jesus knew better – they needed relief from sin.

   * Jews made this mistake before (I Sam. 8). Man needs victory over sin. Jesus will give kingdom to God (I Cor. 15:24).


2. Contrast Jesus’ entry w/entry of worldly rulers.

   * Successful Roman rulers returned to large crowds, a flower-covered road, rode in a gilded chariot pulled by 4 white

      horses, wore gold-trimmed purple robe, held ivory scepter, and wore crown.

   * Jesus surrounded by crowds that didn’t understand the occasion & who would demand Him killed a few days later.

      - rode a donkey (symbol of peace) – that showed His humility.

      - no trumpets, flowers; no incense in the air.

   * Lacked the pomp & fanfare that humans love to see. Notice changes in some congregations of the church?

   * God hates “showbiz religion” (Matthew 23:5-7; Mark 5:15). Recall Matt. 15:9.


3. We must understand the happiness found in Christ!

   * His blood cleanses us (Rom. 6:3-4).

   * His entry into Heaven has paved the way for us.

   * Of all those who saw Jesus into Jerusalem, their religious zeal died a quick death.

   * Where our heart is matters! (Mt. 15:8).

   * Are you a Christian? You must confess faith (Jn. 8:24; Rom. 10:9-10), repent of sin/turn to God (Acts 26:20; Luke

      13:3), be baptized (Acts 2:38). You must make the decision independent of family history, belief, etc.

   * Jesus hailed as son of David. Pharisees upset over this. Jesus rebuked them for being harder than stones (Lk. 19:40).

   * We must all submit to the Master!


4. Conclusion:

   * Are we as Christians just going through the motions? Do we worship in sincerity?

   * Are we striving to become more Christ-like? Do we understand His great sacrifice?

   * May we all sing with sincerity:       Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna in the highest;

                                                            Lord, we lift up Your name,

                                                            With hearts full of praise;                                                       

                                                            Be exalted, O Lord my God,

                                                            Hosanna in the highest.




                                                                                                                                    R.W. McAlister 1/24/10 a.m.