Mk.11:9,10 – Then those who went before and those who followed cried out, saying:
‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!’
Blessed is the kingdom of our father David
That comes in the name of the Lord!
Hosanna in the highest!”
What exactly were the crowds shouting about that fateful day that Jesus entered into Jerusalem for the last time. Was it praises they were shouting or was there something else at the root of their crying. Actually Hosanna was a Hebrew word which means “Save now”. They were crying out for a messiah and for “salvation” but they had a different kind of salvation in mind. All they could think about was their current situation. They were crying for some sort of political, social, or economic salvation. They wanted a king to replace the Romans. But maybe, just maybe their hearts were crying for something else. It reminds me of the cry of the young people in 2020 as the streets of America filled up with the youth crying our for some kind of social salvation. I wonder if God is reshaping these prayers like He did on that first Palm Sunday. Maybe He hears ‘save now’ and He translates it into a cry for a spiritual intervention. Think about it; the cry of the crowd went from ‘Save now’ to ‘crucify Him’. The Lord interpreted the prayer and sent the outpouring of the Spirit on all mankind.
Is it possible that the cries of our current generation are being shaped into a prayer by God Himself. We don’t really know how to pray as we ought so the Spirit steps in and begins to pray for us and through us. That is one of the great ministries of the Spirit, He interprets prayers. Maybe that is what happened last year. Maybe our misguided cries for a political salvation were translated into a cry for God’s salvation to visit our land. Hosanna, blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
So could it be that the cries for a systemic change to our American culture were heard and translated by the Lord into “Let Us Worship”? That’s what happened to me in the 1960’s. I was crying with the masses for a revolution, I just had no idea what it would look like. When it came, it looked a whole lot like Jesus.