March 29, 2015

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Psalm 113 through Psalm 118 are known as the Hallel Psalms. These Psalms were sung at Passover and other Jewish festivals. In Mark 14:26, as the Last Supper concluded, it says: “And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.” (ESV) Psalm 118 is that hymn. When Jesus rides triumphantly into Jerusalem to waving palm branches and shouts of Hosanna, we see Messianic prophecy found in this Psalm, fulfilled in Jesus: “The Stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone. This is the Lord’s doing; it is marvelous in our eyes. This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. Save us, we pray, O Lord! O Lord, we pray, give us success! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord! We bless you from the house of the Lord.” (V22-26, ESV) By Thursday night we may wonder where the triumph went as Jesus is arrested and tried throughout the night. We may wonder where it was on Friday when He was crucified, dead, and buried. Oh but triumph was there, unfolding even in the darkest of hours. Then when Jesus burst out of that tomb on Sunday morning, a second and even greater triumphal entry took place. Triumph resounded throughout the universe and has continued to resound down through the ages. Jesus Christ has triumphed over sin and death! Hosanna! Hosanna in the highest!

Bible References

  • Psalm 118:1 - 25
  • Matthew 7:12 - 13
  • Acts 4:8 - 12
  • 1 Peter 2:4 - 10