John 12:12-13 NIV 2011
The next day the great crowd that had come for the festival heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem. They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting,
“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”
“Blessed is the king of Israel!”
Jesus began his journey to the cross arriving in Jerusalem on the back of a “donkey’s colt.” The crowds cheered in awe and adoration of all that they knew He had done before His grand entry. He was the one whose arrival they awaited. Their shouts of “Hosanna!” was the Hebrew expression: “Save!” Their words were from Psalm 118:26, “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.” John knew Jesus was the king of Israel. John 1:49, “Nathanael declared, ‘Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the king of Israel.’” Jesus, the King of kings, came to save sinners.
Reading through each of the Gospel accounts of Jesus triumphal entry into Jerusalem gives me a glimpse of the day of His return. Since that date is not given in God’s Word we all await His return. Until that day, we live with anticipation knowing we are called to share the Good News with others. Spending time daily in God’s Word, I’m grounded and focused on Christ’s passion. Over two thousand years ago Jesus came to save all sinners like me.
Who needs to know Jesus saves?
Hosanna, He saved us,