Words from the Heart for Sunday April 9th, 2017
They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the king of Israel!”
John 12:13 (NIV)
“Hosanna!” The crowds lining the streets of Jerusalem shouted their praise as Jesus entered the city riding on a donkey. They used palm branches and proclaimed Him as their King. What they said about Him was absolutely true. But, their hearts had not yet made a commitment to Him. Today let our praise to Him be with a commitment to Him as our Lord.
According to Richard Baker, governor of the Hudson Bay Company, something in Canada changed when Vancouver was awarded the 2010 Winter Olympics. For many years prior, Canada had not been focused on investing in Olympic athletes. Baker said this “But when Vancouver was awarded the 2010 Olympic Games, a group of interested Canadians came together to invest and campaign for Canadian athletes to own the podium. There was a lot of criticism at the time that it was a wasteful investment. Then, Alex Bilodeau won his gold medal in moguls freestyle skiing at the 2010 Games – the first ever Canadian to win gold on home soil. That moment changed how Canada looked at its Olympic athletes. That moment lit up a nation. And every gold, silver and bronze since then has added to our collective enthusiasm.”
Most Christians today think of the word Hosanna as being similar to the Hallelujah. While both are anglicized versions of Hebrew words, and in these days they have both come to be words of praise. But in reality the two words have quite different meanings. Hallelujah is a cry of praise. But Hosanna is from two Hebrew words: yasha which means deliver or save and anna which means beseech or beg. So Hosanna is a word that means “we beseech you to save.” This was the cry of the crowd as Jesus came riding into Jerusalem on the first Palm Sunday. John 12:13 says this “They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the king of Israel!” There is both a proclamation of praise here and a begging for salvation. The Bible alludes to the fact that then people didn’t understand why Jesus had come that day. They had their own agenda and many wanted Jesus to save them from the Romans and not from the devil. Jesus had come to Jerusalem at long last and He would be the Saviour of all who would reach out to Him in faith. But what He offered as salvation was something far greater than a political overthrow of the Romans. He had come to overthrow the power of the Devil over the hearts of the people. Have you cried out for Jesus to be your Saviour?
These have been words from the heart.