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Hosanna: Celebrating Jesus’ Triumphal Entry – A Daily Devotion

Scripture: Matthew 21:9 (NIV) – “The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted, ‘Hosanna to the Son of David!’ ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!’ ‘Hosanna in the highest heaven!'”


As Easter approaches, we are reminded of the jubilant atmosphere of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem, as recounted in Matthew 21:9. The crowds welcomed Jesus with shouts of “Hosanna,” expressing their praise and adoration for the one they believed to be the long-awaited Messiah. This momentous occasion holds profound significance for us as we reflect on the Easter story.

“Hosanna to the Son of David!” The people’s proclamation of “Hosanna” was a declaration of Jesus’ identity as the promised Messiah, the Son of David. They recognized Jesus as the fulfillment of ancient prophecies, the king who would establish God’s kingdom on earth.

“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” This statement echoed Psalm 118:26, a Messianic prophecy that foretold the coming of the Anointed One. The crowds acknowledged Jesus as the one sent by God, blessed and anointed to fulfill God’s redemptive purposes.

“Hosanna in the highest heaven!” The word “Hosanna” means “save, we pray” or “save now,” expressing a plea for deliverance and salvation. The people longed for liberation from oppression and hoped that Jesus would usher in a new era of peace and prosperity.

As we meditate on Matthew 21:9 this Easter season, let us join our voices with the crowds in praising Jesus as our Savior and King. Let us welcome him into our hearts and lives with joy and adoration, acknowledging his lordship and sovereignty. And let us recommit ourselves to following him faithfully, knowing that he alone has the power to save and transform us.


Heavenly Father, we thank you for the gift of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and King. As we reflect on his triumphal entry into Jerusalem, we join our voices with the crowds in proclaiming “Hosanna!” Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! May we welcome Jesus into our lives with joy and adoration, acknowledging him as our Lord and Savior. In his name, we pray. Amen.

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