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Hosanna – Palm Sunday Devotional

Just before the hiding of the colored Easter eggs, unwrapping the coma-inducing sugar Peeps, we celebrate Palm Sunday, the Sunday prior to Easter.  Often at church, we sit with large smiles on our faces as the children walk down the aisles waving over-size palm branches. The worship leader steps forward as we bust out a hardy rendition of ‘Hosanna.’

Hosanna. What an amazing prophetic word. Looking at Mark chapter 11, it vividly explains the events of the day.  Jesus and the disciples are preparing to come into Jerusalem.   Jesus sends two of them ahead to get a young donkey, “Go into that village over there.” He told them. “As soon as you enter it, you will see a young donkey tied there that no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here.” (v2) Further in the narrative, “When they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks over it, He sat on it.” (v7) Jesus steps up and sits down; I believe the colt knew, knew the King of Majesty now draped his back.

As Jesus rides through the cobblestones streets, the crowd begins to yell “Hosanna… Hosanna in the Highest.” waving palm branches with enthusiasm.  It was common practice in the ancient world to welcome home a king or war hero by laying down branches in front of them, liken to our ‘ticker tape’ celebrations today.

Hosanna is the Greek version of the Hebrew saying ‘yasha na’ (yaw-shaw naw) meaning ‘Save now we pray.’ This taken from what is known as the Hallel, (Jewish prayerful readings of Psalms 113-118) specifically here, “O LORD, save us; (HOSANNA!) O LORD , grant us success. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD. From the house of the LORD we bless you.” (Psalm 118:25, 26-emphasis mine)

Can we grasp the impact of what they are saying? Jesus was fulfilling the prophetic words of Zechariah, “Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion! Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and having salvation, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.” (9:9)

However, just 4 chapters later, that same crowd was again yelling, but this time; “Crucify Him! Crucify Him!” (Mark 15:12-14) Little did they know they basically were yelling the same thing. Both times! For you see beloved, for Jesus to ‘save we pray’ they had to ‘Crucify Him!‘ He allowed it. He laid down His life for YOU, and for me. By this act and He resurrecting from the dead with all Kingly authority and power, He stood in the gap, reaching for your hand and placing it in the Fathers hand.  He is the Restorer of relationship, God, and mankind.

This weekend, as we sing our ‘Hosannas’ may we whole-heartedly consider the fulfillment. Jesus riding an untamed colt in a King’s procession, the people crying out “SAVE WE PRAY!”  THAT He did!

Hosanna, the gospel in one word, good news for today!

In Him, DeDe (“Let us consider how we may spur one another on towards love & good deeds.” – Hebrews 10:24)

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Hosanna, the Gospel in One Word

Just before the hiding of the Easter eggs, laying out the suit, socks and dress shoes, the family dinner menu is completed, OH and don’t forget the leather bond bible. Palm Sunday. The Sunday prior to Easter. Often at church we sit with large smiles on our faces as the children walk down the aisles waving over-size palm branches. The worship leader steps forward as we bust out a hardy rendition of ‘Hosanna.’

Hosanna. What an amazing prophetic word. Looking at Mark chapter 11, it vividly explains the events of the day. Jesus and the disciples are preparing to come into Jerusalem. Jesus sends two of them ahead to get a young donkey, “Go into that village over there,” He told them. “As soon as you enter it, you will see a young donkey tied there that no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here.” (v2) I find this SOOOO interesting, how many times do we read a portion of scripture, basically ‘skimming it verbally’ and miss some great stuff. Jesus instructs them to go get a young ‘wild’ colt, one that has never been ridden. How many of us would hike a foot up and over and hop on a wild donkey? Verse 7, “When they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks over it, He sat on it.” Jesus steps up and sits down; all MAJESTY now drapes the colts back. The colt knew.

As Jesus rides through the cobblestones streets, the crowd begins to yell “Hosanna… Hosanna in the Highest.” Waving palm branches with enthusiasm. It was common practice in the ancient world to welcome home a king or war hero by laying down branches in front of them, liken to our ‘ticker tape’ celebrations today.

Hosanna is the Greek version of the Hebrew saying ‘yasha na’ (yaw-shaw naw) meaning – ‘save now we pray.’ This is taken from what is known as the Hallel, (Jewish prayerful readings of Psalms 113-118) specifically here, “O LORD, save us; (HOSANNA!) O LORD , grant us success. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD. From the house of the LORD we bless you.” (Psalm 118:25,26 emphasis mine)

Can we grasp the impact of what they are saying? Jesus was fulfilling the prophetic words of Zechariah, “Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion! Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and having salvation, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.” (chapter 9:9)

HOWEVER… then…. back in Mark; Just 4 chapters later, that same crowd was again yelling, but this time; “Crucify Him! Crucify Him!” (Mark 15:12-14) Little did they know they were basically yelling the same thing. Both times! For you see beloved, for Jesus to ‘save we pray’  they had to ‘Crucify Him!’ He allowed it, He laid down His life for YOU, for me. By this act and He resurrecting from the dead with all Kingly authority and power He stood in the gap, reaching for your hand and placing it in the Fathers hand.

This weekend, as we sing our ‘Hosannas’ may we whole heartedly consider the fulfillment. Jesus riding an untamed colt in a Kings procession, the people crying out “SAVE WE PRAY!” THAT He did! Hosanna, the gospel in one word.  Good news for today!

In Him, DeDe (“Let us consider how we may spur one another on towards love & good deeds.” – Heb. 10:24)

 


Hosanna, the Gospel in One Word.

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Just before the hiding of the Easter eggs, laying out the suit, socks and dress shoes, the family dinner menu is completed, OH and don’t forget to FIND the leather bond bible. Palm Sunday. The Sunday prior to Easter. Often at church we sit with large smiles on our faces as the children walk down the isles awkwardly waving over-size palm branches. The worship leader steps forward as we bust out a hardy rendition of ‘Hosanna.’

Hosanna. What an amazing prophetic word. Looking at Mark chapter 11, it vividly explains the events of the day. Jesus and the disciples are preparing to come into Jerusalem. Jesus sends two of them ahead to get a young donkey, “Go into that village over there,” He told them. “As soon as you enter it, you will see a young donkey tied there that no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here.” (v2) I find this SOOOO interesting, how many times do we read a portion of scripture, basically ‘skimming it verbally’ and miss some great stuff. Jesus instructs them to go get a young ‘wild’ colt, one that has never been ridden. How many of us would hike a foot up and over an unridden donkey? Verse 7, “When they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks over it, He sat on it.” There is no mention of the first ‘Kings Rodeo.’ Jesus stepped up and sits down, all MAJESTY now drapes the colts back. The colt knew.

As Jesus rides through the cobblestones streets, the crowd begins to yell “Hosanna… Hosanna in the Highest.” Waving palm branches with enthusiasm. It was common practice in the ancient world to welcome home a king or war hero by laying down worship-waysbranches in front of them, liken to our ‘ticker tape’ celebrations today.

Hosanna is the Greek version of the Hebrew saying ‘yasha na’ (yaw-shaw naw) meaning – ‘save now we pray’. This is taken from what is known as the Hallel, (Jewish prayerful readings of Psalms 113-118) specifically here, “O LORD, save us; (HOSANNA!) O LORD , grant us success. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD. From the house of the LORD we bless you.” (Psalm 118:25,26 emphasis mine)

Can we grasp the impact of what they are saying? Jesus was fulfilling the prophetic words of Zechariah, “Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion! Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and having salvation, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.” (chapter 9:9)

HOWEVER… then…. back in Mark, just 4 chapters later, that same crowd was again yelling, but this time. “Crucify Him! Crucify Him!” (Mark 15:12-14) Little did they know they were yelling the same thing. Both times! For you see, for Jesus to ‘save we hqdefaultpray’, they had to ‘Crucify Him!’

This weekend, as we sing our ‘Hosannas’ may we heartfully consider the fulfillment. Jesus riding an untamed colt in a Kings procession, the people crying out “SAVE WE PRAY!” THAT He did! Hosanna, the gospel in one word.

In Him, DeDe (“Let us consider how we may spur one another on towards love & good deeds.” – Heb. 10:24)

 


Hosanna ~ The Easter Gospel

 

Let’s set the stage:  LISTEN ~ do you hear the muffled sounds of a crowd? Now the clip ~ clop of hooves? Someone is yelling something. Who is it that comes riding in on a donkey… the LAMB of God! (Mark 11:7-10) The crowd yells “Hosanna… Hosanna in the Highest.”

Hosanna is the Greek version of the Hebrew saying ‘yasha na’ (yaw-shaw naw) meaning – ‘save we pray’. This is taken from the Hallel, Psalms 118:25,26

“O LORD, save us; O 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)  The King James says “Save now, I beseech thee” (Hosanna)

As Jesus rides into Jerusalem, they  yell “Hosanna!” ~  “Save we Pray!” Can you grasp the impact of what they are saying? Jesus was fulfilling the prophetic words of Zechariah 9:9 and that of 2 Samuel 7:12-13

Then.. just 4 chapters later, that same crowd was again yelling, but this time. “Crucify Him! ~ Crucify Him!” Little did they know they were yelling the same thing. both times! For you see, for Jesus to ‘save we pray’, they had to ‘Crucify Him!’

Loved ones. Jesus is our Passover Lamb! The REAL  party is next week….  Easter Sunday.   Luke chapter 24. Early, three days later after the death of Jesus, women were said to have gone to the tomb, when arriving they found the stone had been rolled away. When they entered in, they did not find the body of Jesus, yet ‘two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them’ (wouldn’t THAT scare the Easter bunny out of anyone). The men said, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; HE HAS RISEN ” (emphasis mine). They reminded the women of Jesus’ words . “The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.”

This is where we celebrate .. ‘Makarios Anastasis ! Blessed Resurrection!’ Oh the joy of Easter, the story, the reality, the TRUTH.  Hosanna, Easter … the gospel truth.

Hosanna has become a phrase of praise. In it’s declaration it holds the complete gospel story. ‘Save we pray’. THAT HE DID!

Blessings to you and yours,

In Him, DeDe (“Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love & good deeds” – Heb. 10:24)


The Easter Gospel

‘Makarios Anastasis!’  This week is the traditional season of Passover for those of Jewish heritage or faith. Passover is the Hebrew celebration of remembering God delivering them from Egyptian bondage, the story found in the book of Exodus. The FINAL delivering power was that of the blood of a lamb. In short, the Israelites were to slay an unblemished lamb, and place the blood of the lamb on the door posts of their home. The angel of death came, (killing all first born males)  when the blood was seen, the angel passed over the home. Soon the Israelites were leaving Egypt FREE.

A different time:  Flip the pages forward, closer to the end of the book.

WAIT… what is that we hear.. LISTEN ~ do you hear the muffled sounds of a crowd, now the clip ~ clop of hooves? Someone is yelling something. Who is it that comes riding in on a donkey… the LAMB of God! (Mark 11:7-10) The crowd yells “Hosanna… Hosanna in the Highest.”

Hosanna is the Greek version of the Hebrew saying ‘yasha na’ (yaw-shaw naw) meaning, ‘Save we pray’. This is taken from the Hallel, from Psalms 118:25,26

O LORD, save us; O 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)

The King James says “Save now, I beseech thee” (Hosanna)

As Jesus rides into Jerusalem, they yell “Hosanna!” ~  “Save we Pray!” Can you grasp the impact of what they are saying? Jesus was fulfilling the prophetic words of Zechariah 9:9 and that of 2 Samuel 7:12-13

Then.. just 4 chapters later, that same crowd was again yelling, but this time. “Crucify Him! ~ Crucify Him!” Little did they know they were yelling the same thing… both times! For you see, for Jesus to ‘save we pray’, they had to ‘Crucify Him!’

Loved ones, Jesus is our Passover Lamb! But we can’t stop there. Luke chapter 24. Early, three days later after the death of Jesus, women were said to have gone to the tomb, when arriving they found the stone had been rolled away. When they entered in, they did not find the body of Jesus, yet ‘two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them’ (wouldn’t that scare the Easter bunny out of anyone). The men said, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; HE HAS RISEN ” (emphasis mine). They reminded the women of Jesus’ words . “The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.”

This is where we celebrate .. ‘Makarios Anastasis ! Blessed Resurrection!‘ Oh the joy of Easter, the story, the reality, the TRUTH.  Hosanna, Easter … the gospel truth.

Hosanna has become a phrase of praise. In it’s declaration it holds the complete gospel story. ‘Save we pray’. THAT HE DID!

Blessings to you and yours,

In Him, DeDe (Ps. 92:4 ‘You thrill me, LORD!)