As a child, going out to dinner was a luxury, something saved for special celebrations. When this did occur, there was always at least one table with out of control children. In the heat of the moment, one of the parents blurted out, “I can’t take you anywhere, can I?” This experience serves as a subtle reminder that human beings need to be saved from themselves.
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 heaven!” – Matthew 21:9
The word Hosanna is introduced in the Old Testament. However, its most famous reference occurs on Palm Sunday quoted in the verse above. The actual definition of Hosanna is Lord save us. However, over time the true meaning was altered to include blessed are those for Jesus has come. However, this doesn’t save individuals from the fact that mankind are fallen creatures in desperate need of a Savior.
LORD, save us! LORD, grant us success! – Psalm 118:25
Over 2,000 years later, this fact is the reason why people celebrate every Easter Sunday. The resurrection of Jesus is a fulfillment of the Psalmist’s words. What Adam ruined, Christ returned to restore that which was lost. Therefore, as you wake up to attend a sunrise service or plan on attending a regular church service, may you find hope and peace in the promise of Hosanna.
by Jay Mankus