Hosanna -- Celebrating Because I Need Saving (Palm Sunday Reflections)
I grew up in the church. I took part in pageants and reenactments of Bible stories. So I’m familiar with the word “Hosanna”. But I have to admit, my familiarity with the word did not necessarily mean I had an accurate understanding of the meaning of the word. I made assumptions. When we were kids, we would wave palm branches and shout “Hosanna” and we knew Palm Sunday represented a time of jubilance, celebration, and happiness. So I guess I always assumed that the word meant “Hallelujah” or “Praise”. Surely it had something to do with worship.
It was just a few years ago that I learned the literal meaning of the word “Hosanna” – it means save us now. Save us, God. NOW. Or if we are trying hard to be good, polite Christians, we might say “now, please.”
I was reminded of this translation again at church today. And it has me thinking. A lot. There is an urgency to the word “Hosanna”. . . “save me, God. But please don’t wait. Save me now.”
I want to live within the tension of that urgency. My salvation is secure and nothing can change that. By grace I have been saved through faith (Ephesians 2:8). But every day aren’t there countless things that I need Him to save me from?
Mostly, I need saving from myself. I need saving from the me who, on the hard days, wants to just pull the covers over my head and stay in bed.
I need saving from the me who, on the good days, thinks “I’ve got this, God” and then goes on to live my life completely independent of His Voice, His Grace, and His Love.
I need saving from the voice in my head that says I’m not good enough, smart enough, Okay enough to be loved and valued.
I need saving from the part of me who stays in the shadows, unwilling to take risks, afraid of what other people are thinking.
I need saving from the part of me who is now worried that this post has become “all about me” and therefore will be judged as such by others.
I need saving from the me who thinks I don’t need saving. Truth is I am desperate to be saved. Not just in the eternal sense, although that is obviously of utmost importance. I need saving in the everyday sense.
Maybe shouting Hosanna is the ultimate form of worship. It is announcing to the world and to ourselves how utterly dependent we are on Him saving us. Every. Single. Day.
I need saving now. Hosanna, Jesus. Save me. Save me now.
(see, this good, people-pleasing girl just couldn’t resist putting that last please in. It’s okay. He understands.)