God Fulfills His Promises

Matthew 21:1-9, emphasis on v. 4, This took place to fulfil what was spoken by the prophet…

What was fulfilled? Jesus the Christ—the Messiah—and King riding humbly on a donkey into Jerusalem. What did the people say when He rode in? “Hosanna” (v. 9)! What is “Hosanna”? It is the Greek transliteration (ὡσαννά) from the Hebrew: הוֹשַׁע נָא, literally meaning, “Save, I pray.” It was a familiar liturgical shout of praise in Israel. Thus, “Save, I pray, to the Son of David! Save, I pray, in the highest!” Thus, Jesus the Messah has come not so we may merit salvation, since we cannot. He has come to give it as a gift. For if we could merit salvation, we would not shout, “Hosanna!”—that is, “Save, I pray!” We pray that He save us because we cannot save ourselves. God’s salvific gift has been His promise since antiquity in the prophets—indeed, since man rebelled (Genesis 3:15). The people in Jerusalem shouted, “Save, I pray” with the recognition that God has fulfilled His promise. Today, we remember this historical act as a reminder that God fulfills His promises. For the Gospel is a promise—the promise of God’s mercy to all who believe in God’s begotten Son for eternal life (John 3:16-18).

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