CHILDREN SING FOR JESUS
When Jesus had entered
ministry was drawing to a close, and the time for His final suffering and death
was at hand. Jesus had traveled with the pilgrims from
Jesus, his disciples and the pilgrims came to
which was observed in memory of
what God had done for His people many centuries before when He led them out of
the slavery of
Jesus and His disciples seem to have stayed
As Jesus neared the city on Sunday morning, He sent two of His disciples ahead to Bethphage to get the colt of a donkey and bring it to Him. Probably Jesus and His disciples had been joined by a gathering of Galilean pilgrims. The two disciples came with the colt which had never been ridden. They put garments on the colt, and Jesus mounted it.
As Jesus rode the donkey, the people spread their garments on the path for the colt to step on as it walked on, carrying Jesus. They also cut down branches of trees and strewed them in the way. Those who walked behind and those who went ahead of Jesus joined in singing, "Hosanna to the son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosannah in the highest" (Matt. 21 :9). The people with Jesus recognized Him as the Messiah and as the fulfillment of the prophecies of old and of the deep yearning of the Jews for the coming of the Messiah.
Matthew 21::4-5 refer to two prophecies of which this act of Jesus was the fulfillment. Isaiah 62: 11 reads, "Say ye
Street of old
to the daughter of
(ass) was and is the common beast of burden in the
As the "Prince of Peace" Jesus
chose to ride a donkey on His triumphal entry of
THE TRIUMPHAL SONG
tradition, the people of
The triumphal song of the people, hailing Jesus as the Messiah, is based on Psalm 118: 25-26 and Isaiah 62: 11. The word "Hosanna" means "save now." It was the cry for help which a people in deep trouble and distress called out to their king or their god. This cry of the people as found in the triumphal song is sort of a quotation from Psalm 118: 25 "Save now, I beseech Thee, 0 Lord."
It should be said that the word "hosanna" may by this time have lost some of its original meaning. It may have been used to some extent as a cry of welcome. But essentially, the word is a cry of an oppressed people to their king and Savior.
This song was sung again by children in the temple. And the leading priests and scribes indignantly urged that Jesus tell the children to be quiet. In answer, Jesus reminded them of Psalm 8:2.