And the crowds that went before him and that followed him were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!”Matthew 21:9, ESV
First it was the crowds as Jesus entered Jerusalem and then it was the children crying out in the temple, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” The crowds on the streets and the children in the temple were both able to recognize their need for God to save them, to see that Jesus is the long-awaited and promised Messiah, so they cried out to Him. But not everybody was ready to celebrate Jesus’ arrival. We’re told that when the chief priests and scribes saw all that Jesus was doing and heard the praises of others, they were indignant, so they brought their concerns to Jesus, “Do you hear what these are saying?” Instead of allaying their concerns, Jesus confirmed their suspicions–when the crowds were crying out to Him, they were praising God–but instead of crying out to Jesus, the scribes and chief priests placed themselves in judgment over those who did. Instead of seeing who Jesus is, they were focusing on themselves and those around them.
As we encounter Jesus today, my prayer is that we’ll cry out, “Hosanna,” instead of placing ourselves in judgment over others. Let’s confess our need for a savior and cry out to the God who saves!