What Can We Learn from the Word Hosanna?
Even though the Israelites had misused the word during Jesus’ triumphal entry, not really understanding what sort of deliverance God intended to give, we can find great meaning through this word and apply it to our own lives.
Worship leaders and Christian songwriters intentionally play and sing lyrics using this word because of its meaning.
First, we can learn that deliverance doesn’t always appear how we expect it.
We may want God to remove a thorn out of our side (2 Corinthians 12:7-9). We may want deliverance from a difficult family circumstance, or financial troubles, or any other plentiful items we could add to our list of trials.
But through the word Hosanna, we remind ourselves of the salvation that truly matters: That God chose to die on the cross for our sins so that we may be granted a chance to enter eternity with him.
God may not topple our Rome, but he does defeat our sin, which is a far greater enemy and oppressor.
Second, we can learn that we can praise God in the midst of our needing his help.
Hosanna is a happy declaration. You may have heard the song “It Is Well with My Soul.” The lyrics encourage us to praise God no matter what circumstances we’ve landed in life.
No matter what season we’ve entered, a time to be born, a time to die, etc. (Ecclesiastes 3) that we know that he has delivered us, and he will ultimately deliver us from the sorrows we experience in this lifetime.
The Israelites didn’t know exactly what they’d proclaimed when Jesus entered Jerusalem. They’d had a history of winding up under oppressive powers and then God sending someone to deliver them. We see this during the time of the Judges and beyond, all the way through the Maccabean revolt.
They went into the holy week with some unholy expectations. With some palm branches, they thought they could appease God to overcome whatever struggles they dictated.
But God sees beyond what they think they need and shows them true deliverance. They cry Hosanna, and God ultimately appeals to that call by dying on a cross for them.
In the same way, we may be calling out Hosanna for littler things that God may not always grant. But he provides us with a far greater deliverance and deliverer than we could have ever imagined.
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