March 28, 2021

Hosanna!

Deliverance belongs to the Lord; may your blessing be on your people!
Psalm 3:8
Hosanna. That's what that word deliverance is at the end of Psalm 3 in the original language. It can also be translated salvation.

Hosanna! That's what the people shouted when Jesus entered the holy city on a donkey. It meant Save us! and it was a word that was directed at "the Lord."

Being delivered from a narrow understanding of God's word into the broad places of grace and love; being saved from every disease and illness and being secure in God's wholeness—this was how people had experienced Jesus as he traveled from one town to the next, sharing the good news of the kindom. Thus the palms and the shouts of Hosanna! as he entered Jerusalem, the center of their national life.

How might we acknowledge his entrance into our lives this day? How might we rejoice at the fact that he is at the center of our common life? Palm Sunday is not just worn-out ritual. It is a celebration of deliverance from the strictures of old understanding to a new way of looking at the world around us. And it is a festival of hope that this is not all there is; there is something better on the way—something entering our lives even now.

Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and curing every disease and every sickness.
 Matthew 9:35
Prayer after thinking about today's devotion:
Lord Jesus, when you rode into Jerusalem, the people waved palms with shouts of acclamation. Grant that when the shouting dies we may still walk beside you even to a cross; for the glory of your holy Name.
 A New Zealand Prayer Book
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After your own thanksgivings & petitions, close with the Lord's Prayer.
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