“Hosanna!” is an old Hebrew word that means “Save us, now!”, which the Jews employed while they waved their palm branches and welcomed the Messiah into Jerusalem for the last time.  Only in God’s Kingdom is a cry for help equal to a shout of praise.  Once, the Jews asked Jesus for a sign to prove his authority.  He declared that he would destroy the temple and rebuild it again in three days, a statement that of course set them gasping and fanning their faces and running in circles.  Some of them probably fainted dead away.  We, on the other hand, shouldn’t be so shocked to hear that Jesus of Nazareth has plans to wreck us and leave not one stone on another–indeed, we should welcome it, because we know that Jesus has not just the power to lay waste, but to rebuild–even his own body.  And we all need rebuilding.  This song is both a confession and a praise.  To say to Christ, “Save me,” is to admit that you need saving, and also to acknowledge that only God is man enough to do it.  


To hear the song, “Hosanna” from Andrew Peterson, visit:





3 Responses to “Hosanna”

  1. Trevor Says:

    Great song! This is somehow exactly what I’ve been praying the last few months.
    Thank you.

  2. Joie Mayfield Says:

    Thank you. That’s all I can say.

  3. Luke Says:

    I love that thought: “Only in God’s Kingdom is a cry for help equal to a shout of praise.”

    Every time I read the Gospels I am confronted by a Jesus that wants to cleanse the temple of God in a way that makes my attempts at piety look petty. Thanks, Andrew, for bringing me face to face with that same Jesus through this song.

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