Day Two: Hosanna

Psalm 118:25-26 NIV
25  LORD, save us!
    LORD, grant us success!
26  Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD.
    From the house of the LORD we bless you.
Letting go of misplaced hopes

“The crowd is mistaken in their acclaim. The entry is not triumphal. Jesus does not enter Jerusalem on a white charger…Consequently, Jesus does not share the disciples’ earthly fantasies of glory…His entrance points to a different kingdom of triumph than the one envisioned by the crowd, one that will be more powerful than any Davidic monarchy and more far-reaching than the narrow borders of Israel or even the Roman empire. The crowds hail him without understanding his purpose….The scene portrays the disciples still hoping for a glorious earthly kingdom in which they can reign with their Messiah on thrones.” [David E. Garland, Mark (NIVAC), pp. 429-430]

“Do we have misplaced hopes in what we hope the Lord will do for us? Do we presume that our prayers are to be answered in a certain way? …But the Lord has so much more for us than meeting the immediate needs. By his grace, we are led to know him, our Lord Jesus, the Messiah – we are to know and to experience him and his saving in much greater ways.” [Adapted from Elisa’s message]

Prayer: Lord, save us now. We want to know you more. I come to you with all of my life, in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Let’s worship to the song “Even Still and Even So” by Matt Redman (click here).