Word Nerd Wednesday – Hosanna!

My kind, wise, and generous friend Susan Mead will be with us all this month talking four great words that will help you get in the true spirit of Christmas! I just know you’re gonna love her as much as I do!

According to HELPS Word-studies, hosanna is a transliteration of the Hebrew term (hôsî-âh-nā) meaning “Oh, save now!” or “Please save!”

The –na suffix in Hebrew expresses intense emotion. Strong’s Greek 5614

(hōsanná) comes from two Hebrew roots meaning, “Save now!” or “Save I pray!”.

In the Hebrew Bible, hôsî-âh-nā is used only in verses such as “help” or “save, I pray!” as in Psalm 118:25. Save us!

Of Hebrew origin (yasha’ and na’) means oh save! while hosanna (i.e. Hoshia-na) is an exclamation of adoration. Hosanna was originally a cry for help or happiness.


Hosanna occurs 6 times in the Bible – even in The Message. I love the symmetry of God and His Word.

The first time we see the word Hosanna shouted is in Matthew 21:9.

Matthew 21:9

The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Hosanna in the highest heaven!”

Adoration. Do you hear it?

The beautiful word Hosanna, save us, we pray! echoes through the Gospels as Jesus enters Jerusalem one final time.

Mark 11:9

Those who went ahead and those who followed shouted, “Hosanna!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”

Yes, in the name of the Lord!

Mark 11:10

“Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David!” “Hosanna in the highest heaven!”

Adoration in the Highest Heaven indeed!

John 12:13

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!”

King…Royal adoration, save us, we pray!

Station 9 of the Cross

Walk the Via Dolorosa in your mind. Envision the jubilant entry of a royal welcome for Jesus. Can you hear “Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes” resounding? Simply savor the sacred air you breathe as you shout Hosanna! and celebrate the TRIUMPH of Jesus!

Would you throw your garments down for your King? Sing Hosanna!

Matthew 21:6-9

The disciples went and did exactly what Jesus told them to do. They led the donkey and colt out, laid some of their clothes on them, and Jesus mounted. Nearly all the people in the crowd threw their garments down on the road, giving him a royal welcome. Others cut branches from the trees and threw them down as a welcome mat. Crowds went ahead and crowds followed, all of them calling out, “Hosanna to David’s son!” “Blessed is he who comes in God’s name!” “Hosanna in highest heaven!”

Yet the story continues…

Matthew 21:15

But when the chief priests and the teachers of the law saw the wonderful things he did and the children shouting in the temple courts, “Hosanna to the Son of David,” they were indignant.

Indignant. Offended. Human. Jealous.

And there we are, separated from our God, by sin.

Psalm 118:25 

Please, Lord, please save us.

    Please, Lord, please give us success.

Hosanna! Please, Lord, please save us now, I pray!

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14 thoughts on “Word Nerd Wednesday – Hosanna!

  1. In all my years of praise songs and scripture reading, I never knew what Hosanna meant! My gosh, what enlightenment! What a gift you’ve given us today! I have a whole different idea of the depth of the praise shown in the donkey scene..bow down is right!

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