Hosanna: What to do When Your King Comes In

“Hosanna: What to do When Your King Comes In.”

John 12:12 The next day a great multitude that had come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, 13 took branches of palm trees and went out to meet Him, and cried out: “Hosanna! ‘ Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!’ The King of Israel!” 

King Jesus rides on the faith of givers and worshippers.  When we want Jesus to enter our lives and circumstances, we must be prepared to follow His instructions, demonstrate our faith, and worship from our heart and with our substance. Jesus looks for faith, since it is the environment of blessing and miracles. Jesus looks to see if people will honor father God, who is always looking for true worshippers who worship in Spirit and in Truth.

We call this "Palm Sunday" because of the palm branches that were broken off and both waved and laid before Jesus (John 12:13).  This was a genuine expression of honor for Jesus and father God at that time. However, the real sacrifice came from the man whose donkey was borrowed and those who laid their clothes on the donkey and on the ground to receive Jesus. 

The fact that we focus on the palm branches is an interesting commentary on the level of our faith and personal worship. Waving palms is an appropriate celebration, but being true worshipper requires much more. The donkey owner showed the greatest honor and was part of God’s prophetic plan!

Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King is coming to you; He is just and having salvation, Lowly and riding on a donkey, A colt, the foal of a donkey. Zechariah 9:9

We have the privilege and ability to offer God much more than palm branches. We are giving honor to our King and Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ!

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