Today’s Scrip-Bit 5 April 2020 Matthew 21:9.

Matthew 21:9.    ​Hosanna to the son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest.
​Well just imagine this nuh – big Palm Sunday and no corporate church open for fellowship! Hn! Who would ever have thought we’d see that eh? And it looks like next week – Easter Sunday, won’t have any fellowshipping in church either. What a bam bam! I wonder what those people who only go to church at Easter and Christmas time going to do eh? Some it might bother, others probably not. And as far as I’m concerned going to church only twice a year at the big celebrations, is a grave insult to Christ and His church. Church going is supposed to be a regular concern. 

But enough on that point. Today is what we call Palm Sunday, one of the big days in the church’s calendar. The day our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ triumphantly entered Jerusalem like the King He is, riding on a donkey, like kings did back in those days. And the multitudes that had come to the city to celebrate the Jewish feast of Passover all cheered and laid their clothes and palm branches in the road for Him to ride on, even though most of them didn’t know Him from Adam. (smile) But I guess they got swept up in the excitement of the crowd that knew Him, like we get caught up in similar situations today. 

The scholars say that was the day ‘Jesus officially offered Himself to the nation of Israel as her long awaited Messiah.’ It was indeed a magnificent and heart-warming entry. The Good Book describes it thus. ‘And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest.’ (Matt. 21:9) And that’s exactly how we’re going to praise and worship our glorious Saviour this Palm Sunday in the year of Covid-19, through the wonders of virtual reality! (smile)

So altogether now, let’s belt out that mighty song of praise: ‘Hosanna in the Highest!’ a most appropriate anthem for this troubled but encouraging and oh so hopeful time. Let’s serenade heaven with our harmonious melodies and show them that they aren’t the only ones who can sing sweet accolades to Jesus. So as one earthly choir, let’s raise the roof of heaven: ‘Hosanna [2] Hosanna In The Highest [2] Lord We Lift Up Your Name With Our Hearts Filled With Praise Be Exalted Oh Lord Our God Hosanna In The Highest.  

Holy [3] Is The Lamb Of God [2] Lord We Lift Up Your Name With Our Hearts Filled With Praise Be Exalted Oh Lord Our God Holy Is The Lamb Of God.  Jesus [3] Is The King Of Kings [2] Lord We Lift Up Your Name With Our Hearts Filled With Praise Be Exalted Oh Lord Our God Jesus Is The King Of Kings.  Hosanna [2] Hosanna In The Highest [2] Lord We Lift Up Your Name With Our Hearts Filled With Praise Be Exalted Oh Lord Our God Hosanna In The Highest. (2) Be exalted Oh Lord our God Hosanna in the Highest….’ 

Yes friends, heaven had no doubt that we were quite serious about our joyful emotions toward Jesus! And what does the word ‘Hosanna’ mean? It comes from the Hebrew word meaning ‘save now’ or ‘save us, we pray.’ The sayings in the gospels are based on the verses in Psalm 118 -Thanksgiving for the Lord’s salvation. ‘Save now, I beseech thee, O Lord: O Lord, I beseech thee, send now prosperity. Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord: we have blessed you out of the house of the Lord.’ (Ps. 118:25-26) 

And I like how one website describes it: “Hosanna in the highest” is used when we acknowledge Jesus for His ultimate sacrifice and what it means for us and mankind as a whole. This may not be something we often say out loud, but we can think it in our minds and feel it in our hearts in times of worship.’ Now that is something we certainly ought to do…although today we should also shout ‘Hosanna in the highest!’ (smile) And that’s in keeping with how another website describes it; ‘as a shout of jubilation!’ 

And it certainly is! For who isn’t going to shout jubilantly when their sins are forgiven, they’ve been redeemed and made right with God the Father and has a fail-safe promise of eternal life in that magical and mystical place called heaven with Him! Nobody in their right mind! 

Oh my people, I know that many of us are finding it hard to be joyful in these terrible times of death, fear and anxiety, but if we are going to be true believers in Christ, we have to let the courage and hope He died for us to have, show forth in times like these. Please remember and take heart from His encouraging words. ‘These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.’ (John 16:33) 

Yes, it is difficult to have good cheer in these times of tribulation, but if Jesus is our leader, then we need to believe Him and show it in our actions. And how many times did Jesus tell His disciples and followers: ‘Fear not!’ Numerous times. And we also need to remember the awesome words of encouragement from Bruh Paul to Timothy: ‘For God hath not given us a spirit of fear; but of power (His Holy Spirit), and of LOVE, and of a sound (disciplined) mind.’ (2 Tim. 1:7) 

And let’s not forget the majestic and mighty armour of God that we need to be always dressed in for the spiritual warfare that’s ongoing in our lives. We talking about the loins girth with truth, the breastplate of righteousness, feet shod with the gospel of peace, the shield of faith to quench the fiery arrows of the enemy, the helmet of salvation, the sword of the Spirit, and the mighty mystery of prayer. (Eph. 6:13-18) 

With all of that available to us, we ought not to falter, but rather stand strong, as a godly example to those who don’t have all that stuff. So let’s go home now and have a good and joyful day, be strong in the Lord, despite whatever comes against us. Much LOVE!

…the joy of the Lord is our strength… (Neh. 8:10)

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