When he reached the place where the road started down the Mount of Olives, all of his followers began to shout and sing as they walked along, praising God for all the wonderful miracles they had seen.
“Blessings on the King who comes in the name of the Lord!
Peace in heaven, and glory in highest heaven!”
The disciples and other followers know the significance of who they think Jesus is. The King. The Messiah. A king is also the only prominent person the people would wave palm branches at, and a king is the only person they would put branches and their cloaks on the dusty road as a sign of respect. This is a practical matter of keeping the dust down.
Then we hear those words that are echo of the song Jesus and the others have sung on the way up the hill to Jerusalem.
“Hosanna to the Son of David!”
“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”
“Hosanna in the highest heaven!”
This is a royal Psalm proclaiming the Messiah has arrived. And this is another bookend to the life of Jesus. Where have we heard similar words before?
Of course, this sounds similar to the promises of the angels at birth of Jesus!
“Don’t be afraid!” the angel said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.”
Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others—the armies of heaven—praising God and saying,
“Glory to God in highest heaven,
and peace on earth good will toward all people!”
The greatest king of Israel, David, would be exceeded by his ancestor one day. This would be the Messiah whom the Israelites are expecting to save them from the brutal Romans. They don’t realize Jesus is much more than that. For now, they are thinking of their own Jewish people and in the Hebrew language the word “Hosanna” means,
“Save us, we pray.” or “Save us, we beseech you.”
You see? Just like Psalm 118 predicted. The Messiah, Jesus, has arrived.
Where will he enter the city?
When the Messiah comes to Jerusalem, he is expected to enter by the Double Gate in the wall of Jerusalem. It is also called the Golden Gate. When the Muslim forces conquered Jerusalem, the Sultan, Suleiman the Magnificent sealed off the Golden Gate in 1541. He did this so the Messiah couldn’t come through it!
Think… Bibles and Christian meetings are forbidden in Saudi Arabia.