Palm Sunday 2021 - Hosanna Transference


3.28.21

Palms Sunday

Hosanna - Transference


Scripture: John 12, Psalm 118

Do you know your salvation, or do you request your salvation?

What’s the difference?

I need this. I want this. I wish I could have this. They really need that. I really want them to figure that out. I wish they had that.

How often do we find ourselves in this situation; asking for things or requesting things? This is not to necessarily point out neediness or to cast a negative dispersion on asking for things. We typically live our lives in the search for meaning and significance through preparedness, provision, and accomplishment in all things.

Preparedness: What is it going to take to attain my goals? This includes, obviously, preparation and this can be broken down. How well do we plan out what we need to do, and how do we go about training ourselves? A football player practices individual responsibilities, then more broadly approaches team application. A business owner puts together a business action plan and discovers the details necessary to proceed. An event planner needs to assemble vendors, vetting both location and suppliers. A power-lifter trains mercilessly to build a foundation for success…

Provision: What resources are required to attain my goals? This includes, obviously, provisions and this can be broken down. How well do we plan out what we need in order to provide for our wants and needs? A football player needs a team, needs a coach, needs a playbook, and needs an opponent. A business owner needs capital, both financial and personnel, needs a place of business, needs the means to ultimately supply a product or service. An event planner needs clientele, needs trusted and reliable vendors, needs insight, and needs venues that can accommodate their specific requirements. A power-lifter needs a gym, needs a regiment, needs a trainer, and needs goals to meet.

Accomplishment: How do you know when you have accomplished your goals? This includes, obviously, your sense of accomplishment and a defined result. A football player meets his individual responsibilities and makes his team better. A business owner meets financial forecasts and produces a quality product or service. An event planner satisfies their clientele and receives further requests for service. A power-lifter wins his division or sets a record.

When we take a step back, when we write something down, when we logically pursue to define an action plan it tends to make pretty good sense.

And then there’s real-life.

The idea of preparedness, provision, and accomplishment sounds smooth, logical, almost easy at times. However, as most of us know, application does not come along without its variables. We find at times that life can complicate preparedness, even when we have the greatest of intentions. We may find that training to the required extent does not fit into a life when you work a full-time job, do ministry, have four daughters, two grandsons, a granddaughter, a Danny and a Mikhail (my son-in-laws). Not to mention thinking about trying to start a new business, help out your friend with his businesses, take over responsibility of oversight for a new ministry team, oh yeah, and try to find some alone time with your wife and maybe squeeze in some time to talk to God on occasion… sorry, that went from broad to personal in a hurry. But take a moment to reflect upon your own life. What are the burning desires of your heart, your deep down needs and wants that have the ability to haunt your everyday life? What variables stand in defiance of your accomplishment? Are you accomplished? Are you saved, or do you need saving? Some of us are inaudibly screaming out for help, barely able to muster the strength to face another day.


Some of us desperately need to shout, “Hosanna!”


hósanna: save, we pray

Original Word: ὡσαννά

Part of Speech: Hebrew Form (Indclinable)

Transliteration: hósanna

Phonetic Spelling: (ho-san-nah')

Short Definition: hosanna

Definition: (Aramaic and Hebrew, originally a cry for help), hosanna!, a cry of happiness




John 12:12-13

The next day the large crowd that had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, crying out, "Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!"

Psalm 118

Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
for his steadfast love endures forever!
Let Israel say,
"His steadfast love endures forever."
Let the house of Aaron say,
"His steadfast love endures forever."
Let those who fear the Lord say,
"His steadfast love endures forever."
Out of my distress I called on the Lord;
the Lord answered me and set me free.
The Lord is on my side; I will not fear.
What can man do to me?
The Lord is on my side as my helper;
I shall look in triumph on those who hate me.
It is better to take refuge in the Lord
than to trust in man.
It is better to take refuge in the Lord
than to trust in princes.
All nations surrounded me;
in the name of the Lord I cut them off!
They surrounded me, surrounded me on every side;
in the name of the Lord I cut them off!
They surrounded me like bees;
they went out like a fire among thorns;
in the name of the Lord I cut them off!
I was pushed hard, so that I was falling,
but the Lord helped me.
The Lord is my strength and my song;
he has become my salvation.
Glad songs of salvation
are in the tents of the righteous:
"The right hand of the Lord does valiantly,
the right hand of the Lord exalts,
the right hand of the Lord does valiantly!"
I shall not die, but I shall live,
and recount the deeds of the Lord.
The Lord has disciplined me severely,
but he has not given me over to death.
Open to me the gates of righteousness,
that I may enter through them
and give thanks to the Lord.
This is the gate of the Lord;
the righteous shall enter through it.
I thank you that you have answered me
and have become my salvation.
The stone that the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone.
This is the Lord's doing;
it is marvelous in our eyes.
This is the day that the Lord has made;
let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Save us, we pray, O Lord!
O Lord, we pray, give us success!
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!
We bless you from the house of the Lord.
The Lord is God,
and he has made his light to shine upon us.
Bind the festal sacrifice with cords,
up to the horns of the altar!
You are my God, and I will give thanks to you;
you are my God; I will extol you.
Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
for his steadfast love endures forever!

נָא na' {naw}

a primitive particle of incitement and entreaty, which may usually be rendered: "I pray," "now," or "then"

יָשַׁע yasha` {yaw-shah'}

a primitive root; properly to be open, wide or free, that is, (by implication) to be safe; causatively to free or succor:— X at all, avenging, defend, deliver (-er), help, preserve, rescue, be safe, bring (having) salvation, save (-iour), get victory

צָלַח tsalach {tsaw-lakh'}

צָלֵחַ tsaleach {tsaw-lay'-akh}

primitive root; to push forward, in various senses (literally or figuratively, transitively or intransitively):—break out, come (mightily), go over, be good, be meet, be profitable, (cause to, effect, make to, send) prosper (-ity, -ous, -ously).

äNä y'hwäh hôshiyäh Nä äNä y'hwäh hatz'liychäh Nä

Literally the psalmist states – “I pray, Eternal God, open me, free me, make me safe, I pray now, Eternal God, push me forward to break out into prayer!”

What’s in a name?


John 12:12-13

The next day the large crowd that had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, crying out, "Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!"

Hosanna – A joyful Aramaic exclamation of praise, apparently specific to the major Jewish religious festivals (especially Passover and Tabernacles) in which the Egyptian Hallel (Psalms 113-118) was recited. Originally an appeal for deliverance (Heb. hosia na, Please save Psalm 118:25 ), it came in liturgical usage to serve as an expre