Why did the crowd shout the Hoshana prayer, something done in September, during the first week of April?
Because they recognized the prophecy of Zech. 9:9
9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass. 10 And I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim, and the horse from Jerusalem, and the battle bow shall be cut off: and he shall speak peace unto the heathen: and his dominion shall be from sea even to sea, and from the river even to the ends of the earth. 11 As for thee also, by the blood of thy covenant I have sent forth thy prisoners out of the pit wherein is no water. Zechariah 9:9-11 (KJV)
The King was coming. People were already convinced that Jesus was KIng Messiah. And now He was coming into Jerusalem riding in on a donkey.
Salvation was days away! The Romans were going to be cast out. Herod would be slain! The Saducees were convinced that the Temple would be exalted. The Pharisees were sure that Jesus would institute Rabbinic Schools across Israel, and commend them for their profound logic, as He’d yet to really rebuke them in any way. He’d let them know in no uncertain terms He disagreed with some of their decisions, such as the Korban dedication. Well, they could reason that out.
Herod would have watched out of his window, as he had a palace (so to speak) on the Temple platform. Fortress Antionio was there as well, and Pontius Pilate would be watching with some interest to see what happened.
Everyone was sure everything was going to work out greatly.
So, knowing that the KIng had salvation, they prayed “save thou us!”, but not in a begging, “We need salvation from our sins!” but rather, “You’re going to save us from the Romans!!!” It was a praise, a boast.
If you ca imagine a bedlam of cries, ending in the triumphant chanting of “hosha na! hosha Na! Hosha Na!”, you’re getting the right picture. They meant a physical, ‘Today you’re getting rid of the Romans!”
Yes, they were right. the Lord was going to get rid of them. Absolutely.
At Armadeggon, centuries in the future.
The Lord is going to fulfill the prayer of the people – but it requires waiting until the end of days. The Lord will answer their prayers.
But first, He was taking care of something far more important – Salvation from sins. Salvation from an eternal torment in Hell. And Eternal life.
After that, He’ll get to the less impiortant stuff. It was far more important to the Lord to save one soul – Zacchaeus – than to be crowned King.
It was far more important to be the sacrifice, the atonement, for all those who would accept it – than to rule as King.
16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16 (KJV)