The Triumphal Entry
John 12:12-19 NIV
12The next day the great crowd that had come for the Feast heard that Jesus was on His way to Jerusalem. 13They took palm branches and went out to meet Him, shouting,
“Blessed is he who comes in the Name of the Lord!”
“Blessed is the King of Israel!”
14Jesus found a young donkey and sat upon it, as it is written,
15 “Do not be afraid, O Daughter of Zion;
see, your King is coming,
seated on a donkey’s colt.”
16At first His disciples did not understand all this. Only after Jesus was glorified did they realize that these things had been written about Him and that they had done these things to Him.
17Now the crowd that was with Him when He called Lazarus from the tomb and raised him from the dead continued to spread the word. 18Many people, because they had heard that He had given this miraculous sign, went out to meet Him. 19So the Pharisees said to one another, “See, this is getting us nowhere. Look how the whole world has gone after Him!”
The word ‘hosanna’ (Latin osanna, Greek ὡσαννά) is from Hebrew הושיעה־נא, הושיעה נא hôšâ‘-nā’ which is short for hôšî‘â-nā’ from Aramaic הושע נא meaning “save, rescue”. The -na suffix in Hebrew expresses intense emotion in an exclamation of praise. Hosanna comes from two Hebrew roots meaning, “Save now!” or “Save I pray!”.
The Jews used to say “If a man takes palm tree branches in his hands, we know that he is victorious.”
And as that tree was a sign of joy and victory, they carried branches of it in their hands, as they met the King Messiah, Who was about to make His public entrance into Jerusalem, in triumph; and where by His sufferings and death, He should gain the victory over sin, Satan, the world, and death; and lay a solid foundation for joy and peace, to all that believe in Him as King and Lord.