By Pastor Trevor Young
Scripture Reading: John 12:12-16
“They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting, ‘Hosanna!’ ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!’ ‘Blessed is the king of Israel!’” John 12:13 (NIV)
Hosanna was not always an exclamation of praise. It started as a cry for help, essentially meaning “save me!” What made the difference was the faithfulness of the God who saves. As God showed His faithfulness time and time again, it changed from a cry for help to an expression of faith, not “save me,” but rather, “God saves!”
But sometimes, God doesn’t come to save the day the way we  expect. The disciples were confused by everything that was going on when Jesus returned to Jerusalem. People were giving him a royal welcome, believing their long-awaited king had come to start a political revolution and overthrow Rome and its cronies. Yet Jesus wasn’t acting like a king, at least not like the one everyone expected. He came as a king greater than any they could imagine, to bring  freedom from a far more powerful and deadly enemy than Rome. But they couldn’t see it, because His kingdom didn’t make sense to them. They wanted a savior, and God came as their savior, just not the way they expected. But His plan was far greater than anything they could have imagined.

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