Pastor's Corner: Hosanna! 'Save us now'
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When the people heard He was coming,
they lined the streets hoping to see Him.
They sacrificed their best coats and stripped
nearby trees to create a makeshift red carpet to honor him. They shouted "Hosanna"
over and over when He came into sight.
(See Mark 11:1-10)
The strange thing is that many from this
same crowd were shouting again a few days
later, but this time, they were calling for His
execution. "Crucify Him! Crucify Him!"
(See Mark 15:6-15)
Have you ever wondered about these
fair-weather friends or fickle fans of Jesus?
What could make them so enthusiastic one
moment and so ready to condemn the next?
When they cried, "Hosanna," they
weren't just saying "hurray." The Aramaic
root word for "Hosanna" actually means
"Save me now!" Even if they were not fully
aware of it, they were crying out for help.
Like us, the people of Jerusalem were
living through times that were difficult economically, politically and personally. Life
was hard, and they were desperate for solutions and ready to listen to anyone who
could give them new hope.
Some had heard that this Jesus could
feed thousands with a child's lunch, heal
contagious and incurable diseases like leprosy and, rumors claimed, just days ago,
He had even brought someone back to life
who had been dead and buried for days.
Of course, what they were really hoping,
is that He would use all that power to force
out their oppressive rulers and start a new
golden age, the messianic kingdom they all
So, they came to check Him out. And
they shouted, "Save me now!" But what
they meant was, "Save us from our unjust
government!" "Rescue us from our money
troubles!" "Fix all our problems!" And when
Jesus didn't immediately do all that and He
wouldn't even fight for Himself before Pilate,
it was all too easy for them to just listen to the
next influencer whispering in their ears and
join the crowd shouting for Him to die.
What they didn't understand is that
He did come to save them. Like us, they
thought that if He could save them from
their circumstances, everything would be
fine. We sometimes imagine that if we
could just get rid of the politicians we don't
agree with or if we just had enough moneyor if something in our situation (our health,our home, our job, our family) changed, wecould finally be happy.
Truth is, even if all those fantasies cametrue at once, we'd still find ourselves longing for something more. We don't need saving from our circumstances; we need savingfrom ourselves.
Jesus came to pay the price on the crossfor our sin and selfishness, so we could livein continuous relationship with our lovingFather God, the only one who can fill uswith peace and make us feel whole, regardless of our circumstances. We just need torecognize that we need saving and that onlyHe can save us.
We need to stop listening to every newvoice (or advertisement) that claims tohave the answers to make us happy, better, healthy, wealthy, wise... etc. It's timeto say, "Hosanna, Jesus, save us now!" andmean it. Not like the people who shouted inthe streets and then turned their backs on Jesus days later, but time to make a real commitment to give Jesus your whole life andwait patiently to see what He can do with it.
This resurrection Sunday is the perfecttime to cry out "Hosanna, save us now"alongside your neighbors! If you're an earlyriser, join in the sunrise service at MannelPark at 6:30 am. If not, head to your local church and join in the festivities. Don'tworry about having the right clothes or evenif you haven't been there in a while. They'llbe glad to see you! If you don't have a local church, there are so many here, including ours, that would welcome you with openarms and help you keep that commitmentyou've made to Jesus.