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Greetings with Thanks and Praise Greetings with Thanks and Praise

Greetings with Thanks and Praise


According to AAA, the day before Thanksgiving in the United States is one of the busiest travel days of the year. People travel by car or airplane, some going long distances, to celebrate the holiday with family and friends. For Jesus and His disciples, one of the busiest travel days of the year was when the Jewish people would flood into Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover.

Our passage today highlights Jesus’ journey to Jerusalem days before Passover. Instead of arriving in an intimidating motorcade displaying His power and might, Jesus traveled on the back of a humble donkey, thus fulfilling the prophecy from Zechariah 9:9. The crowds took notice of Jesus’ arrival and welcomed Him with praise. Some went ahead and others followed, but they all shouted, “Hosanna!” which is a Hebrew expression meaning “Save!” (Matt. 21:8–9). Hosanna is also an exclamation of praise.

Their praise of Jesus caused the entire city to sit up, pay attention, and wonder who was coming (v. 10). The crowds’ response gives us a glimpse into the reason they would later turn on Jesus and approve His crucifixion. They believed He was a prophet from Nazareth (v. 11). The crowds showed their thanks and praise of someone they thought was a prophet. They completely missed who Jesus really was—the Messiah, the Savior of the world.

As you gather with your loved ones this holiday, will your thanksgiving and praise of the Lord cause others to ask, “Who is this Jesus?” If they do, I hope you are able to give them an answer. Jesus is not just someone to be appreciated because of the things He has done, He is to receive thanks and praise because of who He is, the Savior of the world.

Pray with Us

In preparation for tomorrow’s Thanksgiving holiday, let’s thank our Father for His Holy Spirit, His amazing presence in our lives, His mercy, and His overwhelming love. Imitating Christ, let’s serve others with humility.

BY Dr. Chris Rappazini

Dr. Chris Rappazini believes “the Bible is still relevant, leadership is essential, and the Church’s best days are still ahead.” Chris is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, the University of Edinburgh, and Gonzaga University. He served as Associate Professor of Pastoral Studies at Moody Bible Institute. Chris and his wife, Ashley, and their children now reside in North Carolina.

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