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The Meaning of “Hosanna!”

April 14, 2014

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Post 2012 04 01 Palm Sunday

The Meaning  of “Hosanna!”

So,  just how do  we pray?    Do we truly worship  God Almighty,  our Savior,  in our prayers?     On what we now call  “Palm Sunday“,  the great multitude  of people  who greeted Jesus  as He rode  into Jerusalem  on a young donkey  were worshiping Jesus  and adoring Jesus  because of His great works  —  and especially because  He raised Lazarus  from the dead.     As the people waved palm branches  to unashamedly  honor Jesus  from the depths  of their hearts,  they shouted out  in John 12:13,

Hosanna    Blessed is He  who comes  in the name  of the LORD,  even the King  of Israel.

This multitude  of people  were bearing  a strong witness  of Jesus’ divinity  because He had raised Lazarus  out of the tomb  —  the grave.     Today,  people sing  “Hosanna!”  on Palm Sunday,  but many don’t know  what it means.     “Hosanna”  consists  of two Hebrew words  put together.     The last part,  “na”,  means  “I pray,”  “I beseech You”.      Remembering how Jesus raised Lazarus,  this crowd  was praying,  from the very depths  of their hearts,  that Jesus  would  truly listen  to their prayer.

They were praying  that Jesus would  save them  —  that He would  be gracious  to their deepest need  for salvation,  and be favorable  in really listening  to their desire  for salvation.     So,  the first part  of the Hebrew word  “Hosanna!”  is begging Jesus  to save them.      At the same time,  it’s also  a heartfelt exclamation  of true adoration  because Jesus  had raised Lazarus  from the dead.     These people  were worshiping Jesus  for His power  to raise  the dead.     They were paying homage  to God.     In other words,  they were publicly  showing  reverencehonor,  and their deepest respect.

In Hebrew,  when they were asking Jesus  to save them,  it was like asking  to be free,  to be  in a safe,  wide open space,  like heaven.     They wanted Jesus  to defend them spiritually,  deliver,  help,  rescue,  preserve,  and bring them  to their eternal salvation.     That’s like,  “Wow!”     Only God Almighty  can do all that.     How true.

Do we understand  our very real need  to be saved?     Do we understand  that we need  to be safe,  in the wide open spaces  of faith,  hope,  love,  and heaven  —  safe from the evils  of Satan  and all his cohorts  —  safe from the temptations  to leave God  out of our lives?

Do we honestly adore  and worship Jesus  as our Lord and God  —  our Savior  and Redeemer?     Do we pay Jesus  the love,  devotion,  and true respect  that He more than deserves  for all the sacrificial love  He has extended  towards us?

This is what  “Hosanna!”  is all about.

May  “Hosanna!”  be our heartfelt prayer  every day  of our lives.

In the relief  of God’s saving love  in the suffering,  death,  and resurrection  of Christ Jesus,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  all praise  and thanksgiving  are Yours  because  our salvation  is totally dependent  upon Your saving love  in Christ.”

Love,
Margaret

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus by the Yupiq Eskimo village of Quinhagak, Alaska

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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