Matthew: Day 19

Jesus Is King

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Today's Text: Matthew 21:1-46, Ezekiel 16:10-13, Zechariah 9:9

Scripture Reading: Matthew 21:1-46, Ezekiel 16:10-13, Zechariah 9:9

Only Jesus knew the gravity of what the crowd was asking when they shouted “Hosanna!” that day.

It was a shout of adoration but it was also a plea, because the word “Hosanna” literally means, “Come save us now!” And this is exactly what He would do.

The next day, Jesus walked into the temple, flipping over tables and tossing money to the floor. The hosanna-shouters must have been shocked to see the man on the donkey driving the sellers out of the temple with such authority. “My house will be called a house of prayer,” Jesus said to them. “But you are making it a den of thieves!” (Matthew 21:13).

But it’s what He did next that was truly radical: He invited the least inside.

The blind, the lame, the children all came in and Jesus welcomed them, healed them, confirmed their place among Him (vv. 14-15). He cleared out those who had profaned the temple and ushered in those who humbly sought after God.

When I picture the scene I can see myself in the wings, on the outside looking in. I am nervous, I am afraid, but I am drawn to this house of God, and so I watch and wait. Those inside seem to have it together, bringing riches rather than sacrifice, doing religion like a business. All I have is this humble offering in my hands, carried the long journey from my home, over rocky roads and mistake-laden miles.

Then I see Him. And right before my eyes I watch Him turn it on its side, all the pretension and injustice and darkness that kept me at bay. He sends out those who’ve come not for God but for gods.

And then? He looks me in the eye. Me. Lame, frightened, filthy from days of travel. He looks at me and sees me. He motions for me to come in and then He tells me I belong.

I had cried out “Hosanna! Save me!” not knowing what I was really asking. And He rode on through the streets and into the city, knowing exactly what was coming. He would soon die, but not before He cleansed His house of prayer and invited me in.

This is our Christ! “The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone” (v. 42). He welcomes in the defenseless, becoming their defense. He brings the weak to Himself and makes them strong. He desires not the shiny sacrifices our pride wishes to bring, but only a heart that is stayed on Him. He saves us when we call out to Him.

Only He knows what our hearts truly need as we cry out, “Hosanna!” He knew it even then.

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  • Katherine Dopulos

    This was so beautifully written! Thank you!

  • Lindsey Bailey

    Hosanna! Come save me now, Lord save me from my pride and idolatry. Save me, Lord. Hosanna.

  • Karena Edwards

    Amen, amen, amen!!!!! Powerful!

  • This was one of the most beautiful things that I have ever read. I wish I knew who wrote it! I don’t see an author listed today. Thank you, whoever wrote this, for this amazing, deep, heart-tugging devotional. I will keep this in my favorites and read it whenever I need reminded of Jesus’ love for me

    • Stephanie

      I agree! I was hoping there was someone listed because, if they have a blog, I want to follow it. I needed these life-giving words today.

  • Chaney Shadrock

    Hosanna!!!

  • What a beautiful devotional! I would have loved to understand a bit more about hosanna meaning ‘save me’. Have done a bit of searching and not been able to find how this fits with the Greek. For those interested, this is a great link from John piper explaining ‘hosanna’ https://www.desiringgod.org/messages/hosanna

  • I feel so blessed and humbled after reading this.

  • Who wrote the devotional for today’s reading? My app seems to be glitchy, but usually figures itself out before the end of the day. Is this a glitch as well?

  • Thank you to the author of today’s devo. It truly spoke to me.

    • Rachel Romero

      Amen! Feeling extra blessed with and from the anointing of the Holy Spirit that used this author to draw me in and refreshed my spirit❤️❤️❤️.

  • Courtney Cates

    I never knew that Hosanna means “save us”. When ever we pray, the word hosanna should be included in the prayers we pray so that we may be heard by God.

  • Lauren Hultz

    I love that this study is forcing me to really dig into the Gospel of Matthew for the first time. I’m reading and processing things I don’t ever remember reading as a whole story or narrative, even though I was raised in liturgical churches and went to a Christian college. It’s like I have fresh eyes again. Thank you, SRT!

  • I never thought about him cleaning his house and inviting me in, before he went to die on the cross for me. This is so incredible. Grace, mercy, love and hospitality.

    • Julie Waldvogel

      I love how this author took us into the scene like that as well. Loved today’s reading

    • Eva Holsinger

      Have you done the SRT study on hospitality from last year sometime? It is amazing and I have gone through it two or three times.

  • Andrea Lopez

    Heavenly Father, help me to cry out to you more every day. You know what is best for me so help me to trust you!

  • Wow. Such a great devotional today. 70 years old— in church all my life— not sure I’ve EVER heard that Hosanna means save me! What a different perspective that puts on everything. Thank you SRT and ladies who post such great thoughts and insight!

  • Hosanna, saved me! I too, look at myself wretched, and ugly. So comforting that my Jesus doesn’t see me that way! Thank you all for your comforting words as I’m growing as I read your comments.

  • Hosanna! Come save us! Come save me! “He sends out those who’ve come not for God but for gods.” What a powerful look into my own sinful nature. I cry Hosanna and ask you to do the work to change my heart Lord! What a beautiful image of you bringing in the little children and the least of these into the temple. Praise to the Father who’s love is abounding and deeper than I will ever fully understand

  • This is so beautifully written. I was raised in a church that read the passion story every Palm Sunday. They had us read out the part of the crowd that said “crucify him!”. Even as a child I felt upset that they would assume that I would be a part of the crowd that would be against Christ. I have not rejected him in my entire life. I too feel, that I may have felt the same way that this writer described herself, standing off on the edges feeling unworthy, unsure, but still loving Jesus in my heart and knowing that he was truly God. And not just a prophet.

    • Desiree

      The sad truth is the same crowds calling out “Hosanna” would very soon be the same ones calling out “Crucify Him!”. No one is born saved, we all start out as children of wrath, but because of God’s rich mercy, He makes us alive in Christ (Ephesians 2). We ALL reject God every single time we sin. Sin is rejection of God and everything He stands for. If not for God’s grace and mercy in calling us, none of us would be doing this devotional right now, “No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone whom the Son desires to reveal Him.” Matt. 11:27. I pray that my words will bless you in understanding what was (probably) going through your churches mind, and help you see that we all have rejected God and continue to do so when we sin, which is why we repent. I can’t WAIT to be in heaven with Him, never ever sinning again, never being around sin-just Him and us, finally perfect able to glorify Him the way our hearts all long to do now! I will see you then, sister!

      • Desiree

        Oh! I totally forgot to add something very important! I’m not trying to say you would have yelled “Crucify Him!”. Certainly not EVERYONE in Jerusalem was yelling that! I would love to think I’d never cry that out either (although, I completely turned from God and lived as a full fledged atheist for 5+ years, sadly, so I can’t really say). I just wanted to show you from God’s Word that we’ve all rejected Him in some way. Blessings! And sorry for forgetting to add that. I’m not trying to condemn you!

      • Tamara B

        Great insight

  • Kelly Chataine

    First thoughts center around, “The Lord needs them.” My prayer is to know what the Lord needs of me and be willing to provide it, even if it is me.
    Now, I think of our Lord Jesus Christ, he experienced the triumphant entrance and road through the city, sitting on a young donkey while cloaks and branches are being spread on the ground. Finally, Jesus is being received by appropriate means. Hold on, the section ends with “This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth of Galilee.” I wanted to yell, “No!” but not all of the family was awake. You see, there is no mention of Him being God’s Son, the Messiah in that last statement.
    I wonder if the temple seemed like the perfect place to be close to His Father God but Jesus has to deal with the money changers and overturns the table. How frustrating for Him. Then chief priests become angry and question Jesus. It seems like He is already beginning to carry His cross.
    Next, Jesus is hungry and there is a Fig tree. No figs. No fruit. It literally had one job. Jesus curses the tree for not fulfilling it’s purpose.
    Just when I was really feeling frustrated for our Lord, He then has His authority challenged. When He sends a question to the chief priests, they won’t answer because they only worry about their political position and manipulation.
    The section ends with Jesus telling the Parable of the Two Sons and the Parable of the Tenants. That is when my heart became sad, after all that Jesus has done and gone through, He tells a parable that points to His death.
    “Surely, they will respect the son.” Surely, they will respect the Son!
    Then it dawns on me how often I don’t speak up with the truth of Jesus’ identity. How I allow worldly attitudes to come into holy times and/or places. God has given me a job, am I seeking His strength to remain focused and am I willing, ready to fulfill my job? Do I keep Jesus’ authority in mind and am I willing to answer any question that is directed at me? Or do I worry about what others might think?
    SURELY, the will respect the SON!
    SURELY, I will respect the SON! (my prayer)

  • Beautifully written, speaking straight to my heart this morning! He knows how wretched I am, yet He invites me into His kingdom. I pray that I will never become numb to His goodness towards me.

  • Two things sturck me in this devotion, stopped me in my tracks.
    First, “He sends out those who’ve come not for God, but for gods.” Too many times I come to church for reasons other than God – because I’ve got to teach Sunday School…because my husband is on staff there…to be seen…socializing…lots of reasons, but way too many times it’s not for God. I pray for forgiveness for all those times I just show up to “do” church and not truely seek Him.
    The second thing that stopped me was “those inside seem to have it all together, bringing riches not sacrifice, doing religion as a business” Wow! Just wow! I pray that the Spirit of God fills me so that people are drawn to that and not to the image I may portray of having it all together. Without Him I am a mess! I pray that my church, all of our churches, may be filled with His Spirit. How many people have turned away because they felt like they didn’t have it together enough to go to church. I pray that I may always bring Him the sacrifice He desires. That He will protect me from doing religion like a business. That He will give me a heart that is stayed on Him!
    Be blessed, sisters.

    • Cindy

      About a year ago I stopped singing in the choir. I felt like I was going to church to perform, rather than worship. It has renewed me. I take sermon notes and follow along with the readings. It has totally changed my experience.

    • valerie

      Amen Kathy!
      Your words preached to me this morning – thank you!

  • Over the course of my kiddos lives there have been moments I’ve lost my temper but the moments I tend to feel irate are those that involve others who hurt my kiddos. In my mind, I become that mother bear who would do anything to protect her young. There have been plenty of times I have had to hold myself back from overturning tables and shouting in the face of others, so when I think of this side of Jesus, I am thankful. He is a passionate Savior and His passion doesn’t diminish in His love over me, it flames boldly. He is as fiercely and desperately FOR me, ready to fight for me in my sin, to drive out the wrong as He was that day in the temple. And what’s more, is that in His passion, He willingly exchanged Himself, bartering His life for my freedom. Praising God because He knew my need for a passionate redeemer long before I did and in my sin, He saw fit to provide. He didn’t throw my sorry self out of the temple, He prepared it for me.

    • Kathy

      “He didn’t throw my sorry self out of the temple, He prepared it for me.”
      Amen, sister!

    • Elizabeth Soto

      I always love reading your thoughts B! They encourage me and challenge me!!

  • Churchmouse

    As I watch the news on TV – “Hosanna!” Come, Lord! Please save us now! ” As I read the newspaper, ” Hosanna! ” As I surf the internet,” Hosanna! ” As I visit Children’s Hospital,” Hosanna!” As I travel to a foreign country,” Hosanna! ” As I attend worship service, ” Hosanna!” As I enter my prayer room, “Hosanna!” As I sit at the dinner table with my family, “Hosanna!” Wherever I am, whatever I’m doing, Lord, come. I, we, need saving from ourselves, from this world. You alone are the one who saves. You alone are our hope. Come, Lord. Save us now. Hosanna. Hosanna. Hosanna. Please.

  • “Hosanna” is a cry for help. I always thought it was an expression of praise. The people along the road to Jerusalem were not praising a king, they were pleading for help. When I am in need of help, drowning in despair, my first thought is not to cry Hosanna, but it should be. I cry Hosanna to the Lord for not only myself, but our world. We are in a similar state of needing someone to come and save us. So many are hurting and in need of a Savior.

    I cry Hosanna, come save us now. Touch each of us who is hurting, sick, experiencing great loss, in need of spiritual and physical healing. Look at us, hiding in the corner of the temple and bid us come to you. Just as we are, we come to you. We don’t need to get cleaned up first. Dirty, hurting, hungry, lonely, sad, we come. Wrap your arms around us Jesus. We need you now.

    Hosanna

  • thank you, Lord, for your grace and love and sacrifice. help me to remember your authority over all and honor you as the King.

  • yes, He is faithful. amen! ♡

  • When I was reading, I thought about what was said about the donkey. It is a beast of burden. Jesus was carried on a donkey and He carried all our sins, shame, disobedience, and burdens! Wow! The worldly ways would have put Him on a magnificent horse or coach or carriage with jewels and decorated beautifully, but He humbly came when He only deserves the royal treatment. God’s ways aren’t our ways! Also, the parable about the tenants and the landowner hit me. He sent prophet after prophet and finally Jesus. Instead of loving Him, they were jealous. They didn’t want people following Him. They wanted the praise of people and we will steal His inheritance. However, this world”s inheritance is nothing compared to what we will receive in Heaven. Proverbs 31 app was talking about listening and obeying God’s word in the devotion today. How foolish we are to do our own thing instead of trusting God at His Word. Thankfully He forgives and continues to love us. Thank you Holy Spirit for helping me see when reading the World today. You are faithful.

  • As I look to God, I find myself as a child looking through the window watching the snow fall outside. Amazed at the beauty of everything I see. Drawn to it but fearful of the cold (consequences of sin). I look on with the disappointment of my past, in various magnitudes of mistakes.. but somehow He forgives me. He forgives me but I don’t forgive myself. It’s like now, I come to God with my hands held together giving empty palms but a broken heart. Thankfully, my brokenness is welcome to God. His grace is ever surprising and leaves me in amazement. I feel in my heart a faint yell of “Hosanna!” for my past and what I hold onto. Jesus acts as my defense when I feel defenseless, which breaks my heart because he is so good.. when ultimately I have/had failed Him. Now after my huge ‘fall’ post-baptism 3.5yrs ago and my rededication to the Lord 2yrs ago, it amazes me how I’m wiped clean.. made white again. Thank you Lord, even though I hold on to my chains of disappointment knowing I hurt you and let you down, BUT you forgave me. Why can’t I forgive myself! Lord please help me focus on your grace towards me, cut Satan’s chains on me so I can be free.

    • Bailey

      His grace is so powerful! amen ♡

    • Nancy Stinson

      I also had a “post-baptism” fall; mine lasted about twenty years during which I lived satisfying the lust of the flesh, the ways of the world, and seeking my way rather than His. But God, through His infinite mercy and grace, brought me to a place of repentance fulfilling the words of Romans 2:4 …that the goodness of God leads you to repentance.
      I always knew that Jesus had paid for my sins, and I “somewhat rested” in the knowledge that I was forgiven, but I also knew I needed to repent and turn from the way I was living. Thanks be to God who relentlessly pursues those He loves and calls. He is working in me and through me to bring glory to Him.
      Sounds like He has done the same for you. Accept your forgiveness, run to His open arms, and do not let Satan keep you beaten down. He is defeated, and Jesus is Lord.

    • Nancy Stinson

      Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.
      —Philippians 4:7 the message

  • Tochi Heredia

    Father, the pages of your word show us a people pursued by you time and time again. You chose them, faults and all, and gave them fine garments and a crown, yet they rejected You and treated the jewelry You gave them for far less precious things.

    I see myself reflected in them, but I am so thankful for the warning You gave us through them.
    Through Your Son, You have purchased a place for me in Your kingdom, please don’t ever let me trade it for something else. Hosanna! Save me from myself right now, and make me sensible to the weight of the task you’ve assigned to me.

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