Hosanna in the Highest!

Our Small-Talk about Christianity.

To give you a "grip" about small-talk conversations in Church, at home and especially at your work, to assist you in communicating in a friendlier, yet scriptural manner.

But before we start the fun let’s look at this very important name and what it means.

What Does Hosanna Mean?

Look at what the people said.Precisely the words of Psalm 118, verse 26.Those verses were understood to refer to the Messiah. They were not meant for anyone else,since he alone was the "righteous" who "may enter."

They were also repeating the words to Psalm 118 in their shout, "Hosanna!" Hosanna is the Aramaic for the Hebrew hosahanna.

The words, which would have been familiar to any Jew because they are part of the Hallel, the first words of verse 25 of Psalm 118. They mean, "Save us," or "Please save us."

So the people of Jerusalem were calling out to Jesus as he entered. They were recognizing him as the righteous one who could enter in the name of the Lord. And, using the language of Psalm 118, they were asking Him to save them. Only God's Messiah could save.

The Day the Lord Did Make.

One of the most remarkable prophecies in the Hebrew Scriptures points to the coming of the Messiah to the city of Jerusalem to the very day.

Have you ever sung the chorus, "This is the day that the Lord has made, We will rejoice and be glad in it"? Or perhaps you have recited it in church or have read it in the Bible?

We surely have! This wonderful song were part of our opening song, serving breakfast every Sunday, for hundreds of home-less and un-loved people, at Woolloomooloo, Kings Cross Sydney, Australia.

What a day it was,great fellowship,small-talk friendship, relating to these wonderful people of the streets, sharing their special humour with us, and here we were, thinking we’re ministering to them, no way!

They were the ministering Angels to us Christians?

Memories… ( remember the great Barbara Streisand song?)

Let's get back to the meaning of Hosanna.

We sing, speak, or read it and apply it to the day we are having. That is fine, but when it was written, the Holy Spirit had another day in mind.

A day that was yet to come, but one which David and the righteous inhabitants of Jerusalem were looking forward to. What the Original Psalm Says

That chorus about the day that the Lord has made is taken from Psalm 118. Even today it is part of what is sung as the Passover Praise or Hallel. Psalms 113 through 118.

It is reasonable to assume that when Jesus and the disciples sang a hymn after the Passover meal(Mark 14:26),that the hymn was one or all of these praise Psalms,long before Jesus' ministry they were associated with Passover in the minds of the Jewish people.

Let's review part of what Psalm 118 says: I will not die but live, and will proclaim what the Lord has done. The Lord has chastened me severely, but he has not given me over to death. Open for me the gates of righteousness; I will enter and give thanks to the Lord.

This is the gate of the Lord through which the righteous may enter. helmet of salvation I will give you thanks for you have answered me; you have become my salvation.

The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone; the Lord has done this, and it is marvellous in our eyes.

This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.

O Lord,save us;O Lord, grant us success. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. From the house of the Lord we bless you.

The Lord is God, and he has made his light shine upon us.With boughs in hand, join in the festive procession up to the horns of the altar. (Psalm 118:17-27).

That is where the clause "This is the day that the Lord has made" came from.

What Jesus Said the Psalm Meant to Him

There is one time when Jesus refers to these verses. Jesus was teaching and debating in the Temple during Passover preparation the day after Palm Sunday.

He had told a parable about the owner of a vineyard who let his tenants run the vineyard. They persecuted the owner's servants and, finally, killed his son.

Then Jesus said: have you never read in the Scriptures: "The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone; the Lord has done this, it is marvellous in our eyes"? (Matthew 21:42).

Jesus had this verse in mind.Certainly He is applying it to Himself,to the son whom the tenants kill, to the stone rejected by the builders.

He emphasizes that the Lord has done it, and it is marvellous, amazing.

It would be most appropriate for Jesus to refer to this passage considering the events of the day before.

Jesus had entered Jerusalem on a donkey, and crowds greeted him, spreading branches on the road and crying out, "Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!" (Matthew 21:8,9).

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