I am sharing the notes from my message on Palm Sunday, March 29, 2015.
Save Us, Please!
The Triumphal Entry
Matthew 21:1–11 (NKJV)
Mark 11:1–10; Luke 19:29–38; John 12:12–15
21 Now when they drew near Jerusalem, and came to Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, 2 saying to them, “Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Loose them and bring them to Me.
Go! Just a side note on today’s message, but still very important. When God says, “Go!” there is no room for hesitation, no room for debate, simply a heartfelt “Yes, Lord!”
3 And if anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord has need of them,’ and immediately he will send them.”
4 All this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying:
5 “Tell the daughter of Zion,
‘Behold, your King is coming to you,
Lowly, and sitting on a donkey,
A colt, the foal of a donkey.’ ”
God knew where he colt would be, and the man that would agree to give it up.
God knew what Jesus needed to do in order to fulfill prophecy. The life of Christ and the death of Christ were all part of a grand plan designed by the Supreme Deity, God Almighty, to redeem sinful man.
The King of Glory does not seem to fit sitting on the foal of a donkey. He should be riding a fiery steed or an elaborate chariot, but instead Jesus was riding on one of the most humble of animals, a beast of burden. He received the adulation of men, but rode through that crowd of worshippers on a humble animal with no pretense. He came to do whatever was necessary to fulfill His purpose.
6 So the disciples went and did as Jesus commanded them. 7 They brought the donkey and the colt, laid their clothes on them, and set Him on them. 8 And a very great multitude spread their clothes on the road; others cut down branches from the trees and spread them on the road.
The disciples did not hesitate to obey God. How willing are you to obey God today?
Preparation for Worship
They brought the designated animal, and laid their clothes on it so that Jesus could mount it and ride it into town.
Laying Down Items
Sign of Submission
Are you fully submitted to God and His purpose? The spreading of the clothes and palm branches were a sign of surrender to a king.
Sign of Sacrifice
Are you willing to give whatever God is asking for? When the people laid their clothing before Him, it was a sacrifice to one greater than them.
Sign of Release (What are you willing to lay down?)
What will you lay before God in order to worship Him purely? When Jesus was allowed to walk on those things that may have, just a few moments before, seemed valuable, the sins, sadness, and seduction of the world was released in praise to the King of Heaven.
9 Then the multitudes who went before and those who followed cried out, saying:
“Hosanna to the Son of David!
‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’
Hosanna in the highest!”
10 And when He had come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, “Who is this?”
11 So the multitudes said, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth of Galilee.”
The meaning of Hosanna – Hosanna!, formally, Save us, please!; it was an exclamation of praise, implying rulership (Mt 21:9(2×), 15; Mk 11:9, 10; Jn 12:13+)
Hosanna is an expression of praise, but is also literally translated, “Save us, Please! Praise can be a powerful instrument for entering into the presence of God and being saved, healed, delivered, or set free.
Blessed is He who comes…
What will you lay down before Christ? What can He put His foot on in your life to give you victory?
Today, you must recognize who God is! He is not just a prophet, a teacher, an advocate. He is God Almighty, the Creator, the Redeemer, the King of Glory, our soon-coming Savior! The multitudes knew who Jesus was, but would only truly know Him after He rose from the dead.
Today, we have an opportunity to enter into the presence of the Lord through praise. In response to the wonderful works of God, we probably should not have stopped praising God at all. We are far behind in praising God for all that He has done. As a matter of fact, I will be in the altar to pray with anyone who desires prayer for salvation or healing, but I hope that everyone in the building who has been the recipient of God’s grace will take some time to begin to praise God with all of his or her heart. I am not talking about just an emotional response to a plea from your pastor, although emotions are a part of our praise. What I am talking about is a response to God’s powerful acts of grace in our lives. What has the Lord done for you? If you truly reflect on the mercy and goodness of God to you, I would think some may shout, some may clap, some may run, some may dance, but no one should be able to sit silent when faced with the powerful memories of God’s goodness. And in that place of praise we can find the answers to our needs.
In the same moment that we give praise unto God, we can—like the praisers at Christ’s triumphant entry—also say “Save Us, Please!” This dual meaning of the word Hosanna is perfect for a moment like this, where we can praise God and receive just what we need from Him at the very same instant. That is what I hope we will do today. So, spread your clothing and palm branches before the Lord. Cry out, “Hosanna!” to the King, and praise Him with all of your heart! Be loud, be expressive, be strong in your response to the Savior of your soul and the Blesser of your life!