Hosanna

Read John 12-12-19

Hosanna! It’s one of those churchy kind of words that we come across in scripture, in liturgy, and in songs. But what does it mean? The Hebrew and Aramaic expression literally meant, “O Lord, save us.” By the time of Jesus, however, it had become a familiar liturgical expression of praise. It meant something like, “Hail to the king.”

It wasn’t long after this that these Hosannas were replaced by a different shout. “Crucify!” In short order the same people who had just proclaimed Jesus as king traded his rule and reign for something else.

What does my life shout today? Do my words and thoughts and actions proclaim Jesus as king? Or have I chosen to put someone/something else in his place? Hosanna! Hail to the king!

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