The word “hosanna” is a Greek word. In its Hebrew origin is rendered as (Hoshe’ino) meaning “O Lord! Save us!” The Jews shouted “hosanna” – “O Lord! Save us!” This was on the 10th of April in the year 30 AD- about 33 years after the birth of Lord Jesus Christ. As they shouted hosanna they were literary pleading from the Messiah to come to deliver them from the Romans. At that time, most of the Jews were convinced that Jesus Christ was the “Messiah to come”. Their shout “hosanna” was a request of succor to Jesus Christ as being the Messiah, the King of the Jews, to deliver them from the authority of the Romans, the idol worshippers, as Moses liberated them from the ruling of the Egyptians.
So, at that time, when the Jews shouted hosanna “O Lord save us!” their intention was neither a call of liberation from Satan, the great slave master, who is still leading people to commit diverse sins nor was a request of deliverance from the punished of their iniquities.
Today, many shout hosanna “O Lord save us!” But the reason for their shout seems only a request for deliverance from an occupying nation or country to which they have been enslaved but it has never been a shout for liberation from Satan’s grip. Satan, on his part, is enslaving people’s souls, leading them, with shackles of sin on their lives, to the fires of Hell. People seem to be satisfied and indifferent with this injustice being administered against their souls by their enemy, Satan, who deals with people like that criminal who once offered a little girl a chocolate ice cream so that he can lead her away from her village into the forest to attack her and then kill her. In like manner, Satan offers you the seductive joys of life so that he can lead you to Hell where he will attack you and make you suffer. He, Satan, the manslayer, loves to make people suffer in Hell where their warms will never die nor their fire will quench.
To whom, then, should we today shout “hosanna”? You may notice that many people sing “hosanna”. The question is how many of them know the meaning of the songs or hymns they sing? Even if they do know the meaning of the word “hosanna” (O Lord, save us!) do they still believe that Jesus is the coming Messiah and Lord as it was announced by the Angel at Jesus’ birth, as it is recorded in Luke 2: 11 “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord”. What good does it make to shout “hosanna” if we refuse the Lord to save us or if we do not believe that Jesus Christ is the Savior? Mere repetition of these words has no benefit at all. It will only be effective and of use if we ask it in faith. Jesus said in Mathew 21: 22, “And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.”
Therefore, when we ask the Lord Jesus to save us from sin, He will hear us and forgive our iniquities. He will do so based on our faith that He is God who appeared in the flesh. In other words, He is ready to forgive our sins once we profess that He is God who came in the flesh and who died on the cross as the Lamb of God and made redemption for all Mankind.
In respect with animal sacrifices, they can by no means atone for the sins of humanity before God. He only accepts a lamb with an eternal blood. He can’t consent to the blood of animals. In other words, this is what heaven requires: divine atonement and not animal sacrifices. For the Bible says in Hebrews, 9: 11-14 “But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?”
Therefore, the Lord Jesus Christ was the only One who made our redemption. He made this possible by offering his life as a sacrifice for our iniquities. For the Bible says in Hebrews 9: 28, “to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.” Hebrews 9: 26. “So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation” So all those who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ who died on the cross by means of offering His body as a sacrifice for the remission for their sins and for their sanctification will enjoy this salvation. For the Bible says in Hebrews 10: 10, “By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.”
Wherefore, all the animal sacrifices that were offered in the past until now as well as those of the future will not by any means forgive one single sin before God. For the Bible says in Hebrews 10: 11-14 “And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool. For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.” If we shout unto the Lord Jesus Christ “hosanna”, “Hoshe’ino”, “O Lord! Save us!” and believe that He is the Lord who came to this world for our redemption and that He was the only offering that was slaughtered for our sake on the cross so that he who believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life, we will surely get saved. The Bible says in John 3: 16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
My dear reader have you already shouted “hosanna” “O Lord! Save us!? Have you prayed to the Lord Jesus Christ whose presence fills the whole world and who can hear your prayer? If you pray believing that the Bible is God’s Holy Word, you will by faith get saved and receive the forgiveness of your sins. Then pray in faith to the Lord Jesus to receive eternal life and to be delivered from Satan’s grips who leads you every day towards sin and rebellion against God.
Behold Jesus is calling you personally, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” Matthew 11: 28. Do not go to someone else as there is no other by whom you can be saved. For the Bible says in Acts 4: 12 “for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” If you want to be saved today, please pray this prayer in faith:
“O Lord Jesus Christ! You died on the cross for my sake I ask that you forgive all my sins by the blood that you shed on the cross. Please come now and dwell in my heart and grant me eternal life. I ask this in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ to whom all glory belongs. Amen.”
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