“Lord, Save Us!”

Author: Pastor Charles A. Tapp
April 04, 2019

This Sabbath marks the beginning of the celebration of the season of the Resurrection here at Sligo Church. Next to the celebration of the Lord’s Supper, the celebration of the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is, for me, one of the most impactful and meaningful times that we as the body of Christ spend together in corporate worship. I say this because without the resurrection of Jesus from the tomb, what would any of this mean for us today? The apostle Paul was emphatically clear on this matter when he said that without Christ having been raised from the tomb, everything from our faith, and even our preaching, would essentially be a waste of valuable time (1 Corinthians 15:14-17).  

We commence our celebration with the reenactment of Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem. The significance of this event is underscored by the fact that it is one of the experiences in the life of Jesus that is recorded in all four Gospels (Mt. 21:1-11; Mk. 11:1-11; Lk. 19:29-44; Jn. 12:12-19). Whichever of the Gospels you may choose to read this account from, the message is still the same, which is that the people who made up the crowd on that eventful day were all in need of the same thing, whether they realized it or not…salvation. 

But it was quite evident that there were some in that crowd that did realize it. Although Jesus was accompanied by a large gathering as he made his way into Jerusalem, there was also a rather large contingency that met him as he rode the donkey into the holy city. As the gospel accounts reveal to us, as Jesus made his way into the city, many in the crowd began to lay their garments at his feet, while others took palm branches to pave his entrance. Spreading garments before a dignitary was a symbol of submission (2 Kings. 9:13). Palm branches were employed also as tokens of victory after a king had returned from battle. And then there were those in the massive throng that began to shout “Hosanna” as Jesus entered the city. The word hosanna is a Greek translation of the Hebrew word “hoshi’a na” which carries with it the meaning of “save us, please!” (Psalm 118:25).” Hosanna was basically their way of acknowledging that Jesus was their savior, their only hope of salvation. The Problem was that they viewed Jesus as a savior who would deliver them from their Roman oppressors and then proceed to set up his earthy kingdom. But even though their views were misguided and their timing was off, nevertheless, they still saw in Jesus one who could save them.

As we reenact this amazing scene this Sabbath by the laying down of palms, accompanied by the shouts of hosanna, my prayer is that our cries will come from hearts which recognize Jesus as their only hope of salvation. It is a salvation that comes from the one who lived and died and rose again so that you and I could live with him throughout eternity. Won’t you join us this Sabbath and be part of the celebration.


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