palm sunday

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As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, "Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, tell him that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away."

This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet: "Say to the Daughter of Zion, 'See, your king comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.'

The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. They brought the donkey and the colt, placed their cloaks on them, and Jesus sat on them. A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted,
"Hosanna to the Son of David!"
"Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!"
"Hosanna in the highest!"

When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, "Who is this? The crowds answered, "This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee."

Matthew 21:1-11

I was learning a new song for Palm Sunday called "Hosanna" when I learned something interesting. I learned that Hosanna means "Save Us". I always thought that Hosanna meant "Here is the King", or "This is the promised One", or "praise Him", or "He is worthy". I never realized it was a plea.

Since the fall of man there has been a seperation between the Creator and the created. Mankind has longed for that "connection" to God that we were created to enjoy. Ever since sin entered the world there has been an empty spot in man's soul that could only be filled by that connection.

I wonder if there was some sort of sense that the "connection" could finally be re-established on that day of the Triumphal Entry. I wonder if that is why they cried out "SAVE US"?


Erin M. said...

Something else that is strange..
Supposedly entering the city on a donkey is what peaceful kings would do.
Conquering kings came on horses.
And yet they still were looking for a conquerer.

Jane said...

I fear that all the crowd could think of was that this King was going to oust the Romans and that is why they so easily were turned against Him to cry, give us Barabbas.