Rev. E. Ahenkan Owusu
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The Jews at the time if Jesus have always perceived a great potential in Jesus and many believed in Him as their Saviour. Meanwhile, a Saviour to the Jew is the one to deliver them from the hands of the Romans who were ruling over them. When Jesus sat on the donkey to make the triumphant entry into Jerusalem, many perceived a revolution time, a time to go against the Roman rule and therefore, the shout of "Hosanna, LORD save us."

Come along with me in the presence of the Holy Spirit to reflect on the profound message of "Hosanna: Lord, Save Us." This cry for salvation is not just a plea for physical deliverance but also a profound acknowledgment of our spiritual need and the recognition of God's sovereignty and power in our lives. Let us delve into the scriptures from Isaiah 50:4-9, Philippians 2:5-11, and Mark 11:1-11 to glean deeper insights into this powerful theme.

Scripture Exploration 

In Isaiah 50:4-9, we encounter the suffering servant, whose obedience and unwavering trust in God amidst trials serve as a profound example for us. Despite facing ridicule and opposition, the servant does not waver, knowing that God is his help and sustainer. 

In the face of pain and suffering, how steadfast are you in patience for God's deliverance? Apostle Paul shares his experience in 2 Corinthians 4:7-9, "We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed." 

We are reminded and encouraged that in our moments of distress and despair, we can turn to God, trusting in His faithfulness to save us and draw strength from His Spirit to stand for Him.

The passage from Philippians 2:5-11 beautifully captures the humility and exaltation of Jesus Christ. "He, who being in very nature God, humbled Himself, taking on the form of a servant and ultimately obeying to the point of death on the cross." 

Through His sacrificial love and obedience, Jesus became the ultimate Saviour, exalted by God above all names. As we reflect on this, we are reminded that true salvation comes through surrendering our will to God and following the example of Christ in humility and obedience.

It is the humbled that is literally lifted not the lifted one. It is the recognition of our need of a Saviour that Christ comes to the scene. Christ brought Salvation to us in His humility and therefore you and I can only take it with humility. 

From apostle Mark in Mark 11:1-11, he shares with us the triumphant entry of Jesus into Jerusalem, greeted by the crowds shouting, "Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!" The people recognized Jesus as their Saviour and King, albeit with limited understanding of the depth of His mission. 

This event foreshadows the ultimate salvation that Jesus would bring through His death and resurrection. As a King and Lord, not an earthly one but the King of kings and the Lord of lords.

How deep is your understanding of who Jesus Christ is?

Bringing these passages together, we see a tapestry of salvation woven by God's love, grace, and mercy. The cry of "Hosanna: Lord, Save Us" echoes through the ages, resonating with each of us today. We are called to acknowledge our need for salvation, not just in times of crisis but in every moment of our lives.

What does it mean for us to cry out "Hosanna: Lord, Save Us" in our daily lives?

 1. Recognizing our dependence on God, 
2. Seeking His guidance and strength in all circumstances, 
3. Living in obedience to His word. 

Hosanna, Lord save us; was the cry of; 
The woman with the issue of blood; the Centurion whose child died; the widow who had lost the only son; Mary and Martha when they lost Lazarus, the disciples when the storm was raging over them; the jailer in Acts; the Ethiopian eunuch... What is your cry of Hosanna today?

Hosanna is about humbling ourselves before God, acknowledging our weaknesses, and trusting in His power to deliver and transform us.

Let us not forget that the ultimate expression of God's saving power is seen in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Through Him, we find forgiveness, redemption, and eternal life. 

As we journey through this season of Lent, may our hearts echo the cry of "Hosanna," not just with our lips but with lives transformed by the saving grace of our Lord.


Let us pray that the cry of "Hosanna: Lord, Save Us" becomes the anthem of our hearts, guiding us to live lives of faith, humility, and obedience. May we always remember that our hope and salvation rest in the loving arms of our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Shalom aleichem...

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