Hosanna in the Highest (Matthew 21:9)
Then the multitudes who went before and those who followed cried out, saying:“ Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!”
1)What does the word Hosanna mean is this scripture?
2)Why Hosanna to the Son of David?
3)Why do we use this scripture in the Christian church to celebrate Palm Sunday? Why do we call it Palm Sunday?


Sara’s Tips for table setting: When you set your dinner table this Sunday, Palm Sunday, use Palm branches for your place-mats. A small portion of the leaf to hold your name/scripture card. Let each guest read their card and give ‘a cry of acclamation to Hosanna, Hosanna in the Highest.’

Jesus, I pray that You bless our palm branches, and protect and preserve us. We adorn our hands and tables with palms this festive day; as we, with all those throughout your family offer our “Hosanna!” May we attain Christ’s life-giving resurrection as we offer the hymns and spiritual songs through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.

“With palms and branches let us raise our voices of praise, saying: Blessed is He Who comes in the name of the Lord, our Savior!”


23 thoughts on “STUDY WITH SARA”

  1. We have been studying Peter recently so where was Peter on Palm Sunday? I’m sure he was there on the first Hosanna Day. Probably he was leading the way and getting the crowd to join in the praise. He may have even passed out the palm branches and getting everyone excited about Jesus.

  2. Is this a plug for your Sunday ‘Palm service’ sermon? How much are your tapes.?:)

    I am looking forward to hearing more about Peter’s part in “The Triumphal Entry.” Matt 21:1,2 says Jesus sent two of his disciples to go and bring him a donkey. Wonder if one of these two could have been Peter? We know Jesus had the twelve with him.

    The excitement that flows within oneself to think we are going to see the Messiah sure stirs the heart to imagine how those oppressed people felt when they saw Jesus riding into town on a donkey. Yes, the Messiah had come to deliver was their cry.

    Hosanna means: Save now!

  3. Palm Sunday may have gotten its name from the Bible account in John 12:13 which says they ‘took branches of palm trees and went out to meet Him.’ Jerusalem apparently had Date Palms (Phoenix dactylifera)so the branches of the palms or ‘trees’ meantioned in the scriptures may have been of this variety. Palms were a symbol of victory and triumph.

  4. Those people were seeing prophecy fulfilled right before their very eyes and they were a part of it, in the midst of this great exciting fulfillment. The street rang with glorious Hosannas. The little children plucked palm branches from the trees to strew before HIM. They were part of the unfolding prophecy. In Zechariah 9:9, written about 500 years before this incident, he says, “Rejoice greatly!” (Hosanna), “O Daughter of Zion! Shout aloud O Daughter of Jerusalem.”(Hosanna)!! “BEHOLD YOUR KING COMES TO YOU!! He is just, having salvation, triumphant and victorious, patient, meek, lowly and riding on a donkey, upon a colt, the foal of a donkey.”
    Here was the Messiah, the KING of KINGS right before them. They gave lip service. They looked but they didn’t see.
    They heard but they didn’t listen. The yearning of these people throughout the ages was right there before them, but their eyes were darkened and in a few days they would call for the King of Hosanna to be Crucified before these same eyes.
    Father forgive us for we did not know what we were doing!

  5. Sara I love the picture you painted with the words”with palms and branches let us raise our voices” can see our arms outstretched with hands toward we sing Hosanna in the highest !!…dj

  6. Sara,
    You said Hosanna means, “save now”. I looked at the pretty pictures of the palm branches you have here and I began to think on a song I used to sing in church, as a little girl….”He’s got the whole world in His hands”. We are “safe now”, because we are in the “palm” of His hand. Let us be reminded of how blessed we are to have a Savior who humbled Himself and came to earth and set us free.

  7. Thank you Needles for these words of encouragement. This reminder was very important for me today as my daughter-in-law had her 2 years check-up after cancer surgery. All is well with her, very well. I found this so comforting to find her safe in the palm of His Hand.

    Thanks to all that remembered Tammy and Chris in prayer today. My song of acclamation to Hosanna, Hosanna in the Highest. Blessed is He Who comes in the name of the Lord, our Savior!”

  8. With all the comments in the NEWS, this week, your daughter-in-law’s merciful and gracious healing is truly a hosanna in the Highest…TO THE HIGHEST…..The Lord GOD.
    And reading NEEDLES comments about “IN HIS HANDS” and Sara’s declaration that her daughter-in-law is held in the PALM of HIS HAND….makes me think about the Nails that went into the PALMS of HIS HANDS on the Cross on Calvary. There we are; tattooed in the Palms of His hands; our history written there, for eternity.
    Thank You Jesus, for this blessed Salvation. JESUS SAVES. HOSANNA IN THE HIGHEST, indeed!!!!!

  9. Something struck me as I was writing out the word PALMS. Covert within thE word PALMS is “ALMS”….and some of the meanings of ALMS are, “OFFERING, GIVING, FAVOR, GRACE, BLESSING, SUPPORT, AIDE, ENDOWMENT, LEGACY AND TESTAMENT! Amazing!! For isn’t that much like what the offering of the Son of God on the Cross was…EXACTLY? A SACRIFICIAL OFFERING OF GRACE AND SALVATION AND ENDOWMENT BY OUR CREATOR. AN ALMSGIVING..A COVENANT, SIGNED IN HIS BLOOD AND WRITTEN ON THE PALMS OF HIS HANDS.

  10. WOW!!! Thanks for that link to That is a wonderful tool for BIBLE study and learning more about the BIBLE> THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!!

  11. In researching Hosanna I found from the Strong Concordance that “in the Hebrew, means “save, we pray.” The word seems to have become an utterance of praise rather than of prayer, though originally, probably, a cry for help. The people’s cry at the Lord’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem ( Mat 21:9,15; Mark 11:9,10; John 12:13) was taken from Ps. 118, which was recited at the Feast of Tabernacles in the great Hallel (Psalms 113 to 118) in responses with the priest, accompanied by the waving of palm and willow branches. “The last day of the feast” was called “the great Hosanna;” the boughs also were called “hosannas.”
    The Feast of Tabernacles was a season of great rejoicing, and it was a saying amongst the Jews that those who had not witnessed it did not know what joy meant. In this way hosanna became associated with rejoicing.
    I go to Hosanna Lutheran Church and on Palm Sunday Palms are passed out. Many children make the palms into woven crosses to remind them that Jesus died for our sins, and He is the King of Kings. Hosanna!!!!!!!!
    One of my favorite songs when I think of rejoicing is as follows: (Words by Charles Wesley)

    Rejoice, the Lord is King! Your Lord and King adore;
    Mortals give thanks and sing, and triumph evermore;
    Lift up your heart, lift up your voice;
    Rejoice, again I say, rejoice!

    Jesus, the Savior, reigns, the God of truth and love;
    When He had purged our stains He took His seat above;
    Lift up your heart, lift up your voice;
    Rejoice, again I say, rejoice!

    His kingdom cannot fail, He rules o’er earth and Heav’n,
    The keys of death and hell are to our Jesus giv’n;
    Lift up your heart, lift up your voice;
    Rejoice, again I say, rejoice!

    He sits at God’s right hand till all His foes submit,
    And bow to His command, and fall beneath His feet:
    Lift up your heart, lift up your voice;
    Rejoice, again I say, rejoice!

    He all His foes shall quell, shall all our sins destroy,
    And every bosom swell with pure seraphic joy;
    Lift up your heart, lift up your voice,
    Rejoice, again I say, rejoice!

    Rejoice in glorious hope! Jesus the Judge shall come,
    And take His servants up to their eternal home.
    We soon shall hear th’archangel’s voice;
    The trump of God shall sound, rejoice!

    Rena, I love the idea of the children making woven crosses out of the palms.  So many creative ideas to tell a story. Thanks for sharing.  Sara 

  12. First I want to give thanks and praise to Jesus for the Wonderful out come of Tammy’s check-up..Thank you Sara for posting the results..I prayed while dust mopping at work today.. this is really wonderful to hear…NOW for my homework.
    I wrote this answer to the questions 1)..what does the word Hosanna mean in this scripture (Matt. 21:9) us now. 2). why Hosanna to the Son of David?..because the people knew the throne of David was everlasting and they saw Jesus as the Son of David the King and who else could save them except Davids seed according to the scripture they had but the Son of David…(then I went to the web site to check my answer…I didn’t do too bad…..)dj..

    DJ, great job, not bad at all. A+ for staying on task. You are an excellent student… It is so refreshing to see one studying the Word so diligently. Sara

  13. I thought on what Needles said above about being “safe because we are in the ‘palm’ of His hand” and about the glorious report Sara gave on Tammy. Jesus truly rode triumphant into her life. How fitting a symbol the palm as well for this victory and well-being. The palm, also used for food and shade, represents God’s wonderful protection and care.

  14. Hey I got an A+….you may never know the joy this brings to me to get an A+ and to get it in Bible Study…Yes Jesus saves us now…He’s the I AM that I AM…a Right Now God…dj


    * The emblem of victory – Revelation 7:9
    * Carried at feast of tabernacles – Leviticus 23:40
    * Used for constructing booths – Nehemiah 8:15
    * Spread before Christ – John 12:13

    Was the first Palm Sunday a fulfillment of Bible Prophecy?
    YES!!! Let’s look at Zechariah 9:9 & John 12-14
    Zechariah 9:9 – “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem:
    behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding
    upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.”
    John 12:14 – “And Jesus, when he had found a young ass, sat thereon; as it is written,”

  16. Hosanna – “Lord save us”

    What are we asking to be saved from?

    More than likely a majority of the adoring crowd on the original triumphal entry day were asking to be saved from Roman rule. They did not have the perspective we have. What do we really see when we read these accounts? Are our eyes blinded by our perspective? Can we see beyond what we’ve heard? And what meaning does this account have for us?

  17. Gary, great question. I think many things but the first thing that comes from my heart at the moment is from the war(s) that are raging against the USA and the USA is raging against others. Bring Peace and have mercy on us.

  18. I agree with Sara for peace and mercy with regard to this war. And Gary as you asked what are we asking to be saved from. From much of the blogs and comments on the Daily Lily it seems our greatest foe may be our self-life. The account Sara wrote of above ‘…behold, thy King cometh unto thee…’. A King is a ruler, the supreme one in control. If self is ruling then our perspective would be distorted. Self holds onto old mind-sets and often can’t see beyond its nose. But if we are willing to be taught by others who have the light of the King on the subject, old mindsets can be broken and we can develop the mind of the Lord. Reading the blogs and comments on The Daily Lily helps me see Light from others and hopefully gain a new perspective on many things. This is one way Jesus saves us and this is one meaning this account had for me.

  19. I thought of what I had just learned this past Sunday about crying Hosanna and waving palm branches…how the Jews as you Gary wrote were under Roman rule and when Jesus came riding on the donkey they cried hosanna because they understood the meaning of his ridng in on a donkey..they wanted to be saved and set free from roman rule…but deeper than that as you taught us sunday…they needed to be set free from Satans rule…and that was the cry of Hosanna that Jesus answered…with His blood….so when we say Hosanna and think on this account we should as Sara wrote think on the wars and the influence behind it…and pray o God your peace and your mercy be towards these nations..and save us/them now….dj

  20. Oh…Gary taught us Sunday that when a king returns to his kingdom riding a donkey instead of his warhorse that that was a sign that the war was over and a time of peace was coming and victory…(I think I got the jest of it) please forgive me if I didnt say it just right…but I thought that was so interesting as I never heard that before and it caused me to view the triumphant entry of Jesus in a deeper way……dj

  21. A I was reading the Bible this am I came across a passage in Luke 19:42 that I felt related to Gary’s “…Are our eyes blinded by our perspective? ”
    Jesus ‘triumphal ride’ into Jerusalem was to rejoicing shouts of Hosanna! But as He drew near He saw the city and wept over it. Then He said “if you had known, even you, especially in this your day, the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes.” (blinded by their perspective). Jesus went on to tell them of the enemies that would one day destroy their city and them. The reason why? “…because you did not know the time of your visitation.”
    This makes Gary’s questions, “Can we see beyond what we’ve heard? And what meaning does this account have for us? ” even more sobering. How important we see from the correct perspective and don’t miss the time of the Lord’s visitation to us. Not only for personal salvation but for our God-ordained destinies and the God-ordained destiny of His church, all the members of the Body of Christ to be fulfilled so His weeping will be turned to joy.

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