Beyond the Weekend

March 20 | Jesus as Savior

March 20, 2024


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!” Matthew 21:9

Read: Matthew 21:8-9
Listen: Matthew 21


While some spread their cloaks on the road and others cut branches from trees, the entire crowd shouts, “Hosanna!” They quote Psalm 118:25-26, essentially, “Save! Save us now!” At a certain level, they’re correct. Jesus is their Savior, the Saving One. His name means “the Lord saves.” But the salvation they desire most is from the rule of Rome. They want to be free of the army that occupies their country. But the freedom Jesus offers is not external. He offers internal freedom from their deepest need, slavery to sin that results in death.

The crowd in Jerusalem is not much different from us. We have our own “Hosanna” and things from which we want to be saved. The question is if we will continue to trust Jesus even if our marriage isn’t restored, we still struggle with our mental health, our career still struggles or we don’t receive healing on earth. Jesus came to save us from what we most needed to be saved from, and he will be with us in these hard circumstances.

TODAY: If you’ve never accepted Jesus’s offer of salvation and freedom from your sin, you can place your faith and trust in what he did for you on the cross today. If you’d like a conversation about trusting Jesus for the first time or feel like you are stuck in a “what if he doesn’t” situation please contact us at We would love to have a conversation with you. If you have placed your faith in Jesus, offer a prayer of gratitude for all Jesus has done for you.


Read Hosea 1-2. Highlight anything that points to Jesus. Note throughout Hosea how God uses Hosea’s family as an illustration of God and his people.

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