Hosanna! – Notes/Study Sheet
* 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!
* 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.