Today’s Scrip-Bit 28 March 2021 Matthew 21:11.

Matthew 21:11.     ​And the multitude said, This is Jesus, the prophet of Nazareth of Galilee.

Oh friends, it’s Palm Sunday! That awesome day two thousand years ago, when Jesus rode into Jerusalem, triumphant on a donkey, like the King He was, and still is, thus fulfilling the prophecy of the prophet Zechariah to the people of Israel. ‘Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy king cometh unto thee: he is just (righteous), and having salvation; lowly (humble), and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.’ (Zech. 9:9) 

Yes my people, the kings of the earth usually came to bring devastation and destruction, but our King came to bring peace. Now that doesn’t mean He’s a soft-touch, or a lightweight, because that was just the foreshadowing of His coming in glory with all the host of His saints and angels, riding upon a white charger, with a sharp sword coming out of his mouth, with which He would smite the nations, trod them down like a winepress with the fury of God’s wrath and rule them with an iron fist for a thousand years. (Rev. 19:15) 

So please don’t think that Christ’s final coming will be a sing-along. The first time He came in humility and sacrifice, the next time it will be with glory and power. He created the world with His Word, (Heb. 11:3), He’ll most likely also destroy it with His Word, that would then become that two-edged sword, quick (alive) and powerful, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow…’ (Heb. 4:11) 

Ah mih bredrin, let’s remember that our majestic Lord and Saviour is anything but a pushover, and the many who think that they can get away with evil and sin, will find out, too late though, that they won’t. Let’s hope that we are not amongst that unfortunate lot. And it seems like the ole fella has gotten ahead of Himself. But that’s what the excitement of Jesus does to you! (smile) So getting back to the matter in hand, Palm Sunday, let’s sing praises and honour to our wonderful Jesus. 

And today’s hymn is a most appropriate one, titled ‘Hosanna in the Highest.’ It’s exactly what the crowds were chanting that first Palm Sunday. So altogether now, in sweet, sincere harmony, in an up-tempo version, let’s raise our song to high heaven. ‘Hosanna, Hosanna; Hosanna In The Highest, Hosanna in the Highest! Lord We Lift Up Your Name With Our Hearts Filled With Praise Be Exalted Oh Lord Our God Hosanna In The Highest. Holy, Holy, Holy Is The Lamb Of God, Holy, Holy, Holy Is The Lamb Of God. 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, Jesus, Jesus Is The King Of Kings, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus Is The King Of Kings! 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, Hosanna, Hosanna In The Highest, Hosanna, Hosanna, Hosanna In The Highest! Lord We Lift Up Your Name With Our Hearts Filled With Praise Be Exalted Oh Lord Our God Hosanna In The Highest. Lord We Lift Up Your Name With Our Hearts Filled With Praise Be Exalted Oh Lord Our God Hosanna In The Highest. Be exalted Oh Lord our God Hosanna in the Highest…. Hosanna in the Highest…’ 

Yes my fellow believers, most appropriate praise and honour to our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ! Now, I don’t remember where I got all of this upcoming information, but I believe it is the truth. (smile) ‘The phrase hosanna in the highest appears only twice in the Bible, once in Matthew and again in Mark, during the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. The word hosanna comes from a Hebrew word meaning “save now” or “save us, we pray.”  In the Hebrew Bible it is used only in verses such as “help” or “save, I pray” (Ps. 118:25). 

It is applied in numerous verses of the New Testament including “Hosanna; blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord” (Mark 11:8), “hosanna in the highest” (Mark 11:10); “hosanna to the Son of David” (Matt. 21:9). In that context, the word Hosanna seems to be a “special kind of respect” given to the one who saves, saved, will save or is saving now. If so Hosanna means “a special honor to the one who saves”. The old interpretation “Save, now!”, based on Psalm 118:25, does not fully explain the occurrence of the word in the Gospels as a shout of jubilation, and this has given rise to complex discussions.’ 

And yuh better believe that there will be complex discussions on the Word of God, right up to the day Jesus returns! So what was all the hurrah about that first Palm Sunday eh? Let’s hear what the Good Book has to say nuh. After Jesus told two of His disciples to go to a nearby village and bring and ass and its colt they would find there, (Matt. 21:2-3) the disciples did as He commanded. 

‘And (they) brought the ass (donkey), and the colt, and put on them their clothes, and they set him thereon. And a very great multitude spread their garments in the way; others cut down branches from the trees, and strewed (spread) them in the way (road). And the multitude 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. And when he was come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, Who is this? And the multitude said, This is Jesus, the prophet of Nazareth of Galilee.’ (Matt. 21:6-11) 

How moving a picture and story my people! The Jewish people thought that their Messiah had eventually come, and He did come, but not to take them from under the stranglehold of the occupying Roman army, as they had been led to believe. That’s why on the following Friday, a different spectacle took place. It wasn’t a joyous one, because everybody was then screaming for Jesus’ head: ‘Crucify Him, Crucify Him’ the masses cried. The same ones who a few days before were singing His praises. But that’s the nature of mankind. 

And we do have to forgive them because they didn’t know better, didn’t have all the facts at their fingertips like we do today. And most likely, in their place, we would have behaved the same way, so onerous was the Roman rule. In any case, let’s celebrate today, Christ’s triumphant entry into His capital city. Next week, will be time enough for sadness. (smile) 

And we’ll close with this very interesting footnote. “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.” What awesome words of wisdom my brethren! So let’s do just that today nuh. Much LOVE!

…we can’t think or talk about Jesus…without LOVE and worship…in our hearts, minds, bodies and souls… 

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