Palm Sunday is here! You know the story. Read the Message version:
See How Your King Comes
The next day the huge crowd that had arrived for the Feast heard that Jesus was entering Jerusalem. They broke off palm branches and went out to meet Him. And they cheered: “Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in God’s name! Yes! The King of Israel!” Jesus got a young donkey and rode it, just as the Scripture has it: No fear, Daughter Zion: See how your king comes, riding a donkey’s colt.
The disciples didn’t notice the fulfillment of many Scriptures at the time, but after Jesus was glorified, they remembered that what was written about him matched what was done to Him. The crowd that had been with Him when He called Lazarus from the tomb, raising him from the dead, was there giving eyewitness accounts. It was because they had spread the word of this latest God-sign that the crowd swelled to a welcoming parade. The Pharisees took one look and threw up their hands: “It’s out of control. The world’s in a stampede after Him.” John 12:12-19 (MSG)
I love the word Hosanna. It’s powerful. It’s passionate. It’s more heartfelt than we realize sometimes. The word is interpreted with the words “save us,” a cry for salvation but it’s also a declaration of praise! Some might find it to be a mix that doesn’t easily mix but I think it mixes well.
Picture what it might look like! I see hands raised at “Hosanna.”
Raised hands represent celebration, surrender, and a reaching out to touch and be touched!
Hosanna, save us, blessed is He who comes!
I think it deserves a hand raising!
If you were drowning, you would raise and wave your hands to be rescued.
At a winning score by your favorite team, you raise your hands in celebration!
This Sunday, spend some time with your hands raised to the Lord!
He is the one who saves us! He is the One who deserves all praise!
God is good all the time!