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Gospel of Mark 11: 1-11 (NIV)
1 As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage and Bethany at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of his disciples, 2 saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and just as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. 3 If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘The Lord needs it and will send it back here shortly.’”
4 They went and found a colt outside in the street, tied at a doorway. As they untied it, 5 some people standing there asked, “What are you doing, untying that colt?” 6 They answered as Jesus had told them to, and the people let them go. 7 When they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks over it, he sat on it. 8 Many people spread their cloaks on the road, while others spread branches they had cut in the fields. 9 Those who went ahead and those who followed shouted,
“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”
10 “Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David!”
“Hosanna in the highest heaven!”
11 Jesus entered Jerusalem and went into the temple courts. He looked around at everything, but since it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the Twelve.
All four Gospel accounts record the same acclamation from the crowds: “Blessed is the one (‘the king’ in Luke) who comes in the name of the Lord!”
Why this chorus? These Jews were quoting Psalm 118 (verse 26):
“Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord. We bless you from the house of the Lord.”
The preceding verse pleads: “Save us, we beseech you, O LORD! O LORD, we beseech you, give us success!”
“Save us, we beseech you!” In Hebrew: “Hosanna!”
The crowds were shouting their praise but they were also crying out to be saved. This Messiah-like figure, entering Jerusalem on a donkey’s colt, they saw to be a “saviour” and they wanted results.
Jesus entered Jerusalem as a king but, as he later said to Pilate, “My kingdom is not of this world.” Jesus came to save people but not from sickness and not from Rome. He came to save people from their bondage to sin.
From what do people want to be saved today?
- from grief;
- from poor health;
- from a destructive relationship;
- from being abandoned;
- from grinding poverty?
At a spiritual level, from what do people seek to be saved?
- from spiritual attack from the evil one;
- from a sense of isolation from God;
- from failing to follow Jesus in the twilight years of life;
- from only luke-warm love for him?
Jesus has already addressed these matters either in his own words or through the Holy Spirit’s inspiring of those whose writings constitute our New Testament.
- Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you (James 4: 7).
- He has said, ‘I will never leave you or forsake you.’ (Hebrews 13: 5).
- And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age (Matthew 28: 20).
- God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline (2 Timothy 1: 7).
Think carefully about what request for saving you would to bring to Jesus. Bring it to his cross. Pray, “Hosanna! Save, Jesus!”
Then realise that he has done it! Give thanks and praise! Hosanna!