What Jesus Did! 'Hosanna' — Matthew 21:8-11

Monday, October 2, 2017

{Jesus rode along the road to Jerusalem.} Many people spread their coats on the road for Jesus. Other people cut branches from the trees and spread the branches on the road. Some of the people were walking ahead of Jesus. Other people were walking behind Jesus. The people shouted, "Praise to the Son of David! 'Welcome! God bless the One that comes in the name of the Lord!' Praise to God in heaven!" Then Jesus went into Jerusalem. All the people in the city were confused. They asked, "Who is this man?" The many people following Jesus answered, "This man is Jesus. He is the prophet from the town of Nazareth in Galilee."
— Matthew 21:8-11 NLT
Illustration of Matthew 21:8-11 NLT — "This man is Jesus. He is the prophet from the town of Nazareth in Galilee."

Key Thought

"Hosanna! Hosanna! Hail Son of David!"
This is a crowd looking for a king, a hero, a conqueror. Because they don't know the real identity of Jesus, it doesn't matter that they cry "Hosanna" to the one they call Son of David. They also call him a prophet and know he is from Nazareth. In other words, they want a savior who fits their description, who fulfills their needs, and meets their demands. Like Peter and the apostles earlier, they can't see their savior going to a cross. But God's Son of David does and brings salvation.
What kind of Savior do we want Jesus to be? He is our Savior who went to the cross for our sins and who calls us to the cross to share his life and grace with others.

Today's Prayer

Father, I confess my selfishness to you. I know I often look to you to fix my messes, forgive my sins, undo my mistakes, and correct my errors. Please forgive me. Deep down, I don't want you, or Jesus, to be my "errand boy." I want to be your servant, yielded to your will, empowered by your Spirit, and buoyed by your grace. Help me keep in balance a deep appreciation for your grace while joyfully living under the Lordship of Jesus. I pray in the name of Jesus, Son of David and my Savior. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Matt. 1:1, 16-17
  • Matthew 20:29-33
  • Matthew 22:31-34


About This Devotional

What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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