Jennette Threlfall, 1821-1880

They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting, ‘Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the King of Israel.
John 12:12-13

The week preceding Resurrection Sunday is know as Passion Week. These seven days have been described as the most intense and important week of history. The dramatic events that occurred during Christ's final days on earth are recorded in all four gospels (Matthew 21; Mark 11; Luke 19; John 12).

Palm Sunday: John 12:12-15 -- The only day of triumph known by Christ in His earthly ministry. A fulfilment of Old Testament prophecy (Zechariah 9:9).

The Lord's Holy Anger:
1. At a fig tree that bore no fruit (Matthew 21:18 & 19).
2. At the moneychangers who were misusing the Temple (Matthew 21:12 & 13).

Passover/The Last Supper: Matthew 26:26-28 -- With the New Covenant, Christ tells His disciples--and in so doing, the church--to do this in His remembrance, as He is the perfect sacrifice, the Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world, crucified on Passover.

1. The unleavened bread represents His body, broken, bruised, striped, and pierced for our iniquities.
2. The grape juice represents His blood, shed for us to wash our sins away...a better way than the Old Testament lamb sacrifice which only "covered" sin.
3. The washing element of Passover (John 13:1-10) becomes an object lesson taught by Christ regarding the basic qualities of true discipleship: humility, purity, and servanthood.
4. The closing hymn of Passover (Matthew 26:30) This last song was likely one of the imminent Hallel Psalms (115-118).

Gethsemane: Matthew 26:36-46 -- Three times Jesus prayed, while His disciples slept, "O Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless not as I will, but as Thou wilt!"

The Kiss of Betrayal: Mark 14:44; Luke 22:48 -- "Judas, betrayest thou the Son of Man with a kiss?"

The Mock Trial: Matthew 27:11-26 -- Christ charged with blasphemy and sentenced to die as a criminal against Rome.

The Crucifixion: Matthew 27:33-38 -- "It is finished!"

"Hosanna, Loud Hosanna" was written by Jennette Threlfall, an invalid English woman who was known for her cheery disposition as well as her many published poems. This text first appeared in the author's volume Sunshine and Shadow in 1873.

Hosanna, loud hosanna, the little children sang;
Through pillared court and temple the lovely anthem rang.
To Jesus, Who had blessed them close-folded to His breast,
The children sang their praises, the simplest and the best.

From Olivet they followed mid an exultant crowd,
The victor palm branch waving, and chanting clear and loud.
The Lord of men and angels rode on in lowly state,
Nor scorned that little children should on His bidding wait.

“Hosanna in the highest!” that ancient song we sing,
For Christ is our Redeemer, the Lord of Heaven our King.
O may we ever praise Him with heart and life and voice,
And in His blissful presence eternally rejoice!

*For Today*: Matthew 21:1-11; mark 11:9 & 10; John 12 & 13

Remember Christ's triumphant entry into Jerusalem...that day long ago, and that day in the not-so-distant future!

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Taken from Amazing Grace -- 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions © Copyright 1990 by Kenneth W. Osbeck. Published by Kregel Publications, Grand Rapids, MI. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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