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What does Hosanna mean?

Questions & Answers

Questions & Answers

As Jesus was entering Jerusalem riding on a donkey before the Passover celebration, the crowds heralded Him as King and gave Him “the red carpet treatment” by spreading down their clothes and tree branches on the ground before Him. They were paying homage to Jesus as their long awaited Messiah by providing a carpet for Him to ride on, and shouted, “Hosanna!”

“Then the multitudes of people that went ahead of Jesus and those that followed shouted, ‘Hosanna to the Son of David!’ ‘Blessed is He that comes in the name of the LORD [Yahovah}! Hosanna in the highest!” – Matthew 21:9 (JCV)

Hosanna is a Christianized form of the Hebrew word Hoshana. It is a combination of the words Yahsha (help, succor, rescue, save, deliver) and na (please, I pray now, I beseech you). In the Jewish context, it was originally a cry to God for help, “Save, please!” (Psalm 118:25) but later on it took on a broader meaning. Over the centuries the phrase hoshiya na stopped being a cry for help in the ordinary language of the Jews. Instead it became a shout of hope and exultation. Gradually it came to mean, “Salvation! has come!”

When Jesus was in the center of the procession, the people all around him were shouting, “Salvation has come! Praise God for the Son of David! Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the LORD! Praise God in highest heaven!”

It is the excitement of a heart that sees hope and joy and salvation on the way and can’t keep it in. So “Hosanna!” means, “Hooray for salvation! It’s coming! It’s here! The Son of David [Jesus] is our salvation! Hooray for the king! Salvation belongs to the king!”

–         Luis Yosefus


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Hosanna by Hillsong United