HOSANNA - Don't Make the Rocks Cry Out!
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HOSANNA IN THE HIGHEST... don't make the rocks cry out!
There is so much we can learn from what is known as Palm Sunday - the day when Jesus made His triumphant entry into Jerusalem. In this message we will look at one of the most obvious lessons - THE IMPORTANCE OF GIVING THE APPROPRIATE PRAISE TO GOD who has given us so much.
WHAT IS PRAISE?
Praise is the appropriate expression of gratitude for help that is received or promised.
When one reads the account of that 1st Palm Sunday (which took place just one week before Jesus’ crucifixion) and is recorded in John 12:1-2,12, we see the effect praise had on the people. The people cried out, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest heaven!"
To many in the crowd, the fact that He entered Jerusalem riding on a colt confirmed that He was the Messiah! Because in Zechariah 9:9 it was prophesied: “Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion! Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King comes to you, righteous and having salvation, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey”.
The crowd began to have real hope that Jesus would save them!
#1. PRAISE IS THE NATURAL RESPONSE WHEN HOPE FOR DELIVERANCE IS SEEN OR REALIZED.
That’s why they began to shout Hosanna and celebrated Him with praise… they suddenly saw a Savior!
● Hosanna is often thought of as a declaration of praise, similar to hallelujah, but it is actually a plea for salvation.
● The Hebrew word (yasha), means “Deliver, Save”. The Hebrew root words are found in Psalm 118:25, which says, “Save us, we pray, O LORD!” (ESV).
● The Hebrew word (anna), means “beg, beseech”. ‘Yasha’-’anna’ combined is “hosanna” in English.
LITERALLY, HOSANNA MEANS “I BEG YOU TO SAVE!” OR “PLEASE DELIVER US!”
When the people called Jesus “Son of David.” it was clear they saw Him as the Messiah.
#2. WHEN WE PRAISE GOD HE GIVES US JOY AND STRENGTH.
● The crowd was now energized as they praised their new King. The work of pulling down palm branches and paving the streets with them was easy. Joy gave them strength.
#3. PRAISE IS ALWAYS A CHOICE; AT TIMES IT’S EASIER THAN OTHERS!
Psalms 118:14-29 “The Lord is my strength and song, And He has become my salvation. The voice of rejoicing and salvation is in the tents of the righteous; The right hand of the Lord does valiantly. The right hand of the Lord is exalted; the right hand of the Lord does valiantly. I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord”.
● At this point the Gospel of Luke records the response of the religious leaders to this exuberant praise.
(Luke 19:39) “Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Him, “Teacher, rebuke Your disciples. But Jesus answered, “I tell you, if these become silent, the stones will cry out!”
The final point is this!
#4. GOD’S PRAISES WILL BE SUNG EVEN IF IT TAKES A ROCK CONCERT!