Palm ‘Sunday’. This is the day that Jesus arrived in Jerusalem; the week that he was killed and then after three days resurrected. There were many thoughts about his arriving this day but the biggest one was ‘Hosanna.’ Read this passage from John 12.
12 The next day the great crowd that had come for the Festival heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem. 13 They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting,
“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” [Ps 118:25-26]
“Blessed is the king of Israel!”
“Hosanna” is the term used by the people when Jesus entered into Jerusalem on that day.
In Psalm 118:25, Hosanna means “please save [us] now.” It was not until after the events of the NT, the term Hosanna changed into a proclamation of praise in Christian liturgy.
But during this moment, the Jews were chanting ‘Hosanna, Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.’ All the Jews of the day knew that the one who ‘came in the name of the Lord’ was the Messiah, the King, the Savior. And by saying, singing Hosanna they were declaring ‘Save [Us] Now.’
The Jews thought that Jesus was coming to save them from the oppression of the Romans, the political power of the day. In fact, Jesus was coming to save them from much more; from themselves. Jesus came into Jerusalem, into humanity to do what we cannot do ourselves, connect to God. Jesus declared himself to be The Way, The Truth, The Life.
So in celebration of this day, for us, in remembrance of that triumphant entrance of our Savior to the events which lead to our salvation and that give us Hope, we sing Hosanna. Save Us.