“They were shouting.
Blessed is the one
In the name of the Lord!
The King of Israel!’”
καὶ ἐκραύγαζον Ὡσαννά, εὐλογημένος ὁ ἐρχόμενος ἐν ὀνόματι Κυρίου, καὶ ὁ Βασιλεὺς τοῦ Ἰσραήλ.
Then John indicated that this crowd was crying
out or shouting (καὶ ἐκραύγαζον). “Hosanna
(Ὡσαννά,)! Blessed (εὐλογημένος) is the one
who comes (ὁ ἐρχόμενος) in the name of the Lord (ἐν ὀνόματι Κυρίου)! The King of Israel (ὁ Βασιλεὺς τοῦ Ἰσραήλ)!” John had the people say that blessed was the king who comes in
the name of the Lord, indicating that Jesus would be the new king of Israel. Luke,
chapter 19:38, had something similar as he indicated that the crowds said (λέγοντες)
that blessed was the coming king (ὁ ἐρχόμενος, ὁ Βασιλεὺς) in the name of the
Lord (ἐν ὀνόματι Κυρίου·). Peace in
heaven (ἐν οὐρανῷ εἰρήνη)! Glory in the
highest heaven (ν οὐρανῷ εἰρήνη)! This
was high praise for Jesus. He was the
king coming in the name of the Lord, so that there would be peace in heaven and
glory in the highest heaven. Matthew, chapter 21:9, and Mark, were similar, while Luke was closer to John, but
with slight differences. Mark, chapter 11:9-10, said that they
were all shouting out “Hosanna” (Ὡσαννὰ)!”
Jesus was the blessed one who came in the name of the Lord (Εὐλογημένος
ὁ ἐρχόμενος ἐν ὀνόματι Κυρίου). They
were shouting blessed is the coming kingdom (Εὐλογημένη ἡ ἐρχομένη βασιλεία) of
our ancestor or father David (οῦ πατρὸς ἡμῶν Δαυείδ). They did not actually call Jesus the son of
David. These hosannas should reach to
the highest heaven (Ὡσαννὰ ἐν τοῖς ὑψίστοις).
Matthew, chapter 21:9,
indicated that they were all shouting out (ἔκραζον λέγοντες) Hosanna to the Son
of David (Ὡσαννὰ τῷ υἱῷ Δαυείδ), very explicitly. He was the blessed one who came in the name
of the Lord (Εὐλογημένος ὁ ἐρχόμενος ἐν ὀνόματι Κυρίου). These hosannas should reach to the highest
heaven (Ὡσαννὰ ἐν τοῖς ὑψίστοις).
Hosanna was a Hebrew term of praise asking God to save them. This saying came from the Hallel chants that
was used in the Passover celebration, based on Psalm 118:26. Later this
became part of the Roman Catholic “Sanctus” chant in the Eucharistic celebration. This event has become the great Palm Sunday
celebration, the triumphant entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem. There was a clear connection with David and
the Israelite kingdom with a strong messianic expectation. Was it political, religious, or cultural? Do you sometimes mix up your political,
religious, or cultural beliefs?