Sunday, March 28, 2010


Hosanna is a liturgical word in Judaism and Christianity. In Judaism, it is always used in its original Hebrew form, Hoshana.

The appearance of Christ was described by the prophet Zechariah, Zec 9:9. When Christ would arrive in his glory, it is in His meekness (like a wild horse that has been tamed), not as ruler of the universe, in mercy to give salvation. As meekness and outward deficiency were fully seen in Zion's King, and marked His triumphal entrance to Jerusalem, how wrong covetousness, ambition, and the pride of life must be in Zion's citizens! They brought the mule, but Jesus did not use it without the owner's consent. The signs were such as came to hand. We must not think the clothes on our backs too dear to part with for the service of Christ. The chief priests and the elders afterwards joined with the masses that abused him upon the cross; but none of them joined the multitude that praised Him. Those that take Christ for their King, must lay everything under his feet. Hosanna signifies, "Save now, we beseech thee! Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord!" But of how little significance is the approval of the people! The changing multitude join the cry of the day, whether it be Hosanna, or Crucify him. Throngs often emerge to approve the gospel, but few become unfailing disciples. When Jesus came into Jerusalem all the city was inspired; some perhaps were moved with joy, who waited for the hope of Israel; others, of the Pharisees, were incited with malice. So varied are the motivations in the minds of men upon the nearing of Christ's kingdom.





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