The next day a great multitude that had come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, took branches of palm trees and went out to meet Him, and cried out: “Hosanna! ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!’ The King of Israel!” (John 12:12-13)
As crowds gathered in Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover feast, they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. They went out to meet Him. The multitude shouted, “Hosanna!”, which means “save, I pray” (Psa 118:25). They welcomed Him as their king and savior. They took palm branches, which were symbols of victory among the Jews. They followed Him and cried out with shouts of praise. What a glorious and joyful moment it was for His triumphal entry into Jerusalem!
As the Lord Jesus went into Jerusalem, He entered the final week of His ministry. He came to the city on a colt in fulfillment of the Old Testament prophecy about the King of peace. The multitudes welcomed and praised the King with great fervor. All the city was moved, saying, “Who is this”? (Mat 21:10) The children praised Him crying out “Hosanna to the Son of David!” while the chief priests and scribes were indignant. “Do you hear what these children are saying?” the chief priests and scribes asked. “Yes,” Jesus answered, “Have you never read, ‘Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants You have perfected praise’?” (Mat 21:16)
“Make a joyful shout to God, all the earth! Sing out the honor of His name; Make His praise glorious.” (Psa 66:1-2)
We have plenty of things to praise God for: His love, forgiveness, salvation, kindness, mercy, compassion, justice, patience. We receive all of these blessings without deserving any of them. No matter how difficult our life’s journey is, we can always receive God’s grace and count our blessings – past, present, and future. Christ is our Savior and King. We praise Him with our hearts and voices. We sing hymns to praise and give glory to the almighty God. With glad adoration a song let us raise. ‘Til all things now living unite in thanksgiving to God in the highest, hosanna and praise!