Hosanna in the Highest
Toward the close of Jesus' Ministry He came to Bethany,
to the home of Lazarus, Martha and Mary-- the same Lazarus whom He had
awakened from the sleep of death. Mary chose this opportunity to anoint
the Master's feet with Precious Ointment, which He declared was an
anointing for His burial.--Matthew 26:12.
The next day He sent for an ass and rode thereon into
Jerusalem, after the manner of Israel's kings. When Jesus came in sight of
Jerusalem, He wept over the city, exclaiming, "O Jerusalem,
Jerusalem, which killest the Prophets, and stonest them that are sent unto
thee, how often would I have gathered thy children as a hen gathereth her
brood under her wings, but ye would not! Now, I say unto you, Your house
is left unto you desolate! Ye shall see Me no more until that day [of
Messiah's glory] when ye shall say, 'Blessed is He that cometh in the name
of the Lord!'" (Matthew 23:37-39.) Meantime the Kingdom is not
abandoned, merely delayed. Messiah's Bride will be only partly Jewish.
"Israel hath not obtained" the coveted chief favor; but the
Elect obtained it.
The multitude caught the spirit of the occasion, that
Jesus was the promised King, and hailed Him as Messiah. They scattered
clothing and palm-branches before Him, implying that the best of Earth was
not too good for One so great. Meantime, they shouted, "Hosanna to
the Son of David!" The long-promised Messiah of David's line!
"Blessed is He that cometh in the name of Jehovah!"--Matthew
The Pharisees, who did not believe, thought the
procedure sacrilegious, and told Jesus to stop the shouting. Jesus replied
that the Prophet Zechariah (9:9) said, "Shout," and therefore
there must be a shout. "If they should hold their peace, the very
stones would cry out." God had declared it; there must be a shout;
the prophecy must be fulfilled.
Cleansing the Temple of money-changers and merchants
followed our Lord's triumphal entry into the city.
Anointing of Jesus' Feet
Cleansing the Temple