“Hosanna”, “Hosanna” is the cry associated with the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. The word Hosanna in Hebrew translates as “O Save Us Now!” The people crowded along the road to see Jesus, the one who brought a message of hope: Hope of a new world order that would end oppression, Hope for peace, not violence, to rule the land, and Hope that those in need would receive compassion. Jesus was the one who performed miracles; Jesus who preached about loving Yahweh and loving each other. Their very souls longed to be saved by the One who offered them the Kingdom of God. The crowds had no way of knowing how the week would unfold. They had no way of knowing the promise found in the empty tomb.
Here we are in 2021, and we join our voices saying Hosanna as words of praise and words of longing. For we have known both praise and despair during these months of lockdown. Our hearts have more than once cried out “Save Us Now!” We have longed for new life and fresh beginnings.
We have an advantage that the crowds along the dusty roads did not have. We know how the events of Holy Week will unfold. We know the tomb is empty. We know the promise of the resurrection. Easter shows us that transformation is possible. Death is not the final word. New beginnings are constantly being revealed through God’s amazing love. We know that hope is reborn because of Easter.
My friends, we will gather, some of us in person and some online, and we will hear the sweet refrain of “Christ the Lord is Risen Today”. We, too, are beginning to emerge, and we, too, will rejoice!
We will be transformed from the Hosannas on Palm Sunday to the Alleluias on Easter. We will rejoice knowing that the Good News was never silenced. We rejoice that the promises of new life were not locked in the tomb. So, wherever we are, we will join our voices saying, “Christ is Risen! He is risen indeed!” Alleluia!