Since today is Palm Sunday, I decided to tell y'all about it's origins. It finds its roots many years prior to the birth of Jesus. The prophet Zechariah said, after prophesying judgement on the nations, says of Israel:
Now we come to Jesus, on His way to Jerusalem. He sent a couple of His disciples to borrow a man's donkey. It wasn't just any donkey. It was a colt just like the prophecy states. The disciples brought the donkey to Jesus and placed their cloaks on it for a saddle.
Then Jesus rode on it into Jerusalem with the crowds cheering and waving palm branches. As He rode down the road, the people threw palm branches and cloaks on the road to make a path for Him. They yelled, "Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!" "Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!" "Hosanna to the Son of David!" "Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!" and "Hosanna in the highest heaven!"
By the way, "Hosanna" is a Hebrew phrase (lit. yasha na) that means "save us now" and became a cry of Joy or shout of welcome in Jesus' day. I find it interesting that Hosanna is related to the Hebrew name for Jesus - Yeshu'a (which means "he will save").
While they are cheering for Him, the Pharisees and teachers of the law tell Jesus to make the people stop praising Him. But Jesus says that if the people were quiet, the rocks would cry out and praise Him.
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