“Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” – Mark 11:9
“Hosanna in the highest heaven!”
These words are the exact words that were shouted and declared by the people, the crown that welcomed Jesus as He entered Jerusalem riding a donkey. Those are the exact words that acknowledged that they need Jesus to save them. However, those exact people who shouted these words were the same people who also shouted, “Crucify Him!” a week after Jesus’ triumphal entry.
With all these facts, we can then ask, were all of those acts? Were the people just riding the fun and excitement of welcoming Jesus? Or how come they shouted to crucify Jesus when they were the ones who asked Him to save them?— Well, the bottom reason why the crowd who shouted “Hosanna” are the same people who shouted “Crucify Him” the week after, is that they never see Jesus as what He truly is.
They knew that Jesus was there to save them because He was the Messiah. However, their mindset about Jesus is the King who will save them from the tyranny of the Roman empire. Jesus was nothing but an instrument or a political Savior for them. Although there are also people who believe that Jesus came to save us from our sins, most people just want to join the crowd. The people who followed Christ that time were only so focused on the benefits they will get like being healed from their sickness, free food etc.
However, they never understood that Jesus came to the world to save them from the greater enemy which is sin and death. Now, because they never understood, they shouted “Hosanna” and shouted “Crucify Him” at the same time. So, as people who now understand that Jesus came to the world to save us from our sins, let us not be like those people who shouted “Crucify Him” at the same time. We should know that Jesus gave His life for us and we should not live our lives in the same way before.
We are now saved by grace through faith, that even if our race is the same race that crucified Jesus, He still remained faithful and fulfilled His promise in us. Indeed that we are in need of Christ and that we need Him to save us. Although unlike before, now we know that it is not from the tyranny of the government but from our sins that is keeping us captive. Jesus Christ showed His love for us that even if we are still sinners, even if Jesus knew that those people who shouted “Hosanna” outside the gates of Jerusalem will crucify Him, He still died for them and for us.
Therefore, even now that we are sinful and that in this Lent Season, we have our hearts elsewhere. We truly do not understand how much Jesus sacrificed and His love but still Jesus remains faithful and loving to save us. May God forgive our unfaithful hearts that it is very easy for us to declare that He is Lord but also sins against Him. Let us ask God to forgive our unfaithful hearts as we declare with our mouth that He is Lord but with the same mouth we declared curses. We should remember always that despite all of this, Jesus remains faithful. Indeed He is the King of kings and the Lord of lords!
Hosanna in the highest heavens!
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!
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