Steven A. Bush - April 9, 2017
Hoshiya Na to the King!
As Jesus rode into Jerusalem, the people laid their cloaks on the road and waved palm branches. They shouted Messianic Scriptures, prophesied hundreds of years before. Jewish leaders were enraged and urged Jesus to quiet the crowd. But Jesus replied, "If these be quiet, the stones will cry out!" One of the Hebrew phrases they shouted was 'Hoshiya na!' which we translate, Hosanna! It's a cry for help and a shout of hope, all in a single word. If you call 911 the dispatcher asks, "What is your emergency?" When Jesus rode into Jerusalem, the emergency was sin and death and all their offspring: enslavement, brokenness, blindness, hopelessness, lawlessness, idolatry, immorality, hatred, murder, abject poverty--spiritual and otherwise. But Jesus, the King of kings, was coming to do something about all of it and that would involve dying on a cross. So what's your 911 emergency? Or do you believe this King is unable to rescue you, heal you, or deliver you? Have you convinced yourself that you're beyond His reach? Remember His royal proclamation, directed to you: Matthew 11:28-30 says: “Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” (NIV) Go ahead, make the call!