Do you shout out when you adore something? Does the world know how you feel about what it is you adore, or are you keeping it private between just you and maybe one or two others?
If I threw out the name of a team or two would you react with a “WHOOP WHOOP,” or simply jump up and down on the inside where no one else could see it?
If someone you adore walked across the stage at graduation would you stand up and hoot and holler or would you remain seated and give a soft “golf clap?” If you were attending a concert of a musical group you adore, would you stand to your feet and clap to the beat, or would you hum along to yourself in a dignified fashion? Would you stand to your feet when a song is raised in worship about your Savior, or would you sing to Him quietly as you sit?
All of these acts of celebration are good and right, but the celebration I am talking about calls for a HOSANNA! An all out expression of adoration, praise and exuberant joy!
A celebration that pulls us out of our preferences and brings us to surrender and abandonment of all that holds us back. An act of adoring love that comes out of our bodies as much as it flows from our mouths! When we think about it, read about it or hear about it HOSANNA flows out of every part of our being!
This is what happened to the crowd as they saw Jesus riding in on a donkey.
“The disciples went and did as Jesus instructed them. They brought the donkey and placed their cloaks on it for Jesus to sit on.” Matthew 21:6-7
The disciples obeyed the instructions of Jesus and as soon as the people saw Jesus the adoration began!
“A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds 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!” Matthew 21:8-9a
But they did not stop there! They felt such joy in their spirits that their celebration continued in the highest praise they could articulate…
“HOSANNA in the highest heaven.” Matthew 21:9b
The crowd was shouting “HOSANNA, HOSANNA, HOSANNA in the highest.”
They recognized Jesus as the Messiah, the Son of David, the Anointed One and the King of Israel! They were acknowledging Him as the rightful heir to David’s throne!
As we reflect on that incredible day over 2000 years ago, I have to ask myself, would I celebrate Jesus with a HOSANNA? Would I be waving a “palm branch” of sorts today and shouting at the top of my lungs in front of my city, “Here comes JESUS! He is the King of Kings and The Lord of Lords! He is worthy to be praised!” Or would my celebration be less of a HOSANNA to my King and more of a head nod or polite golf clap?
Is He Lord of all to you?
Do you rest in Him as the Coming King?
Do you believe He will return again as He said He would?
Do you believe He will bring a reign of peace?
If He is our reigning King then let us praise Him!
If He is our Prince of Peace then let us trust Him!
If He is our provider and protector then let us give Him the glory!
If He is Jesus, Son of God who willingly entered Jerusalem on a donkey, went to the cross and died for our sins, then let us raise a bold and strong HOSANNA and give Him all of our adoration, praise and joy! He is so deserving!
WHEN WE RAISE A HOSANNA TO JESUS OUR MESSIAH WE PROCLAIM HIM AS KING!
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