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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25 Save us, we pray, O Lord!
O Lord, we pray, give us success!
26 Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!
We bless you from the house of the Lord. (ESV)
21:1 Now when they drew near to Jerusalem and came to Bethphage, to the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, 2 saying to them, “Go into the village in front of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Untie them and bring them to me. 3 If anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord needs them,’ and he will send them at once.” 4 This took place to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet, saying,
5 “Say to the daughter of Zion,
‘Behold, your king is coming to you,
humble, and mounted on a donkey,
and on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden.’”
6 The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them. 7 They brought the donkey and the colt and put on them their cloaks, and he sat on them. 8 Most of the crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9 And the crowds that went before him and that followed him were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!” 10 And when he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred up, saying, “Who is this?” 11 And the crowds said, “This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth of Galilee.” (ESV)
1 Chronicles 17:11-15
11 When your days are fulfilled to walk with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring after you, one of your own sons, and I will establish his kingdom. 12 He shall build a house for me, and I will establish his throne forever. 13 I will be to him a father, and he shall be to me a son. I will not take my steadfast love from him, as I took it from him who was before you, 14 but I will confirm him in my house and in my kingdom forever, and his throne shall be established forever.’” 15 In accordance with all these words, and in accordance with all this vision, Nathan spoke to David. (ESV)
6 So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” 7 He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority. (ESV)
9 And the crowds that went before him and that followed him were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!” (ESV)
9 And those who went before and those who followed were shouting, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! 10 Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David! Hosanna in the highest!” (ESV)
37 As he was drawing near—already on the way down the Mount of Olives—the whole multitude of his disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen, 38 saying, “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” (ESV)
12 The next day the large crowd that had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. 13 So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, crying out, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!” (ESV)
13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” (ESV)
1 Corinthians 1:18-23
18 For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written,
“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,
and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.”
20 Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe. 22 For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, 23 but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, (ESV)
30 Then will appear in heaven the sign of the Son of Man, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. (ESV)
25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, 26 and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” (ESV)
3 He was despised and rejected by men;
a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief;
and as one from whom men hide their faces
he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
4 Surely he has borne our griefs
and carried our sorrows;
yet we esteemed him stricken,
smitten by God, and afflicted.
5 But he was wounded for our transgressions;
he was crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,
and with his stripes we are healed.
6 All we like sheep have gone astray;
we have turned—every one—to his own way;
and the Lord has laid on him
the iniquity of us all. (ESV)