Hosanna in the highest (Psalm 118:25-26, Matthew 21:1-11, 1 Chronicles 17:11-15, Acts 1:6-7, Matthew 21:9, Mark 11:9-10, Luke 19:37-38, John 12:12-13, Luke 2:13-14, 1 Corinthians 1:18-23, Matthew 24:30, John 11:25-26, Isaiah 53:3-6)Jack Graham, 04/02/2017
Part of the Various Sermons series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
HOSANNA IN THE HIGHEST
Sunday (AM), April 2, 2017
Quotation: "God is most glorified in us, when we are most satisfied in Him" Anon
Hosanna means: to express adoration, praise, or joy; comes from a Hebrew word meaning "save now" or "save us, we pray" and also meaning "deliver us." (Psalm 118:25-26) this is the true meaning.
The crowd's use of the word "hosanna" was significant when adding the waving of palm branches. The Jews had been waiting a long time for the fulfillment of the Davidic covenant (l Chronicles 17:11-15) This triumphal entry and the crowds shouting "hosanna in the highest' revealed their (the crowd's) hope that their Messiah had finally come to set-up His kingdom on earth. (see Acts 1:6-7).
The phrase 'hosanna in the highest" appears only twice in the Bible. (Matthew 21 :9 and Mark 11:9-10) Luke write's thus, "glory in the highest." (Luke 19:37-38). John added even before the triumphal entry had begun (John 12:12-13), "Blessed is the King of Israel". The NIV translates their shouts as "Hosanna in the highest heaven." Lastly, going back to the beginning, the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ, remember the words of the angels. (Luke 2:13-14).
(1 Corinthians 1:18-23). The Jews of that time did not listen to the Prophet Isaiah, which we read earlier in Isaiah 53:4, "Surely He has borne our griefs (sickness) and carried our sorrows." (Matthew 24:30)
John 11:25-26. Paul teaches, "For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, to us who are being saved it is the power of God." (l Corinthians 1:18). And Peter says, "blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead." (1 Peter 1:3). Finally, the writer of Hebrews teaches, "without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sin," (Hebrews 9:22)
In saying, "Hosanna!" the people were crying out for salvation (save me) and that is exactly why Jesus had come. Within a week Jesus would be hanging on a cross. That's a sad epitaph for the children of Israel. I wonder how ours will read.
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