Matthew 21:7-9, 27:22-23
From Hosanna! to Crucify!

Matthew 21:7-9


Hosanna is typically translated as “Please Save Us”.


Timeline of Jesus last week:

•   Sunday:

•   Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem (Everyone shouts Hosanna!)

•   Monday:

•   Jesus cleanses the temple and runs out the money-changers

•       Matthew 21:13 “He said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer,’ but you make it a den of robbers.”

•       Matthew 21:15-16 “But when the chief priests and the scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying out in the temple, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” they were indignant, 16 and they said to him, “Do you hear what these are saying?” And Jesus said to them, “Yes; have you never read, “‘Out of the mouth of infants and nursing babies you have prepared praise’?”

•   Tuesday:

•   Jesus curses the fig tree.

•   Wednesday:

•   Sanhedrin plot to kill Jesus

•   Wednesday/Thursday:

•   Preparations begin for Passover

•   Thursday:

•   The Last Supper - Jesus with Disciples

•   Jesus prays in the Garden of Gethsemane - Jesus sweats blood during prayer


•   Friday (Good Friday)

•   Jesus betrayed by Judas

•   Jesus arrested

•   Jesus put on trial with Jewish leaders: Annas and Caiaphas

•       Peter denies Jesus three times

•   Jesus put on trial with Roman leaders: Goes before Pilate (Everyone Shouts Crucify Him!)

•   Jesus is scourged, crowned with thorns, and mocked as Kings of the Jews

•   Jesus is crucified on the cross

•       Started about 9am

•       Jesus died on the cross about 3pm

•       This is Day 1

•   Jesus is buried in the tomb in the Evening.

•   Saturday:

•   This is Day 2

•   Sunday: Easter Sunday

•   This is Day 3

•   Mary Magdalene finds the empty tomb.

•   Mary tells the disciples and Peter and John go to see for themselves.

•   Jesus appears to His disciples.

•   (Jesus is not dead, He is Alive!)


How did we go from praising Jesus and yelling “Hosanna” to yelling “Crucify Him” in the span of a week?


The issue is our sin.

•   Romans 2:23 “For have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.”

•   We wanted Jesus to be something He wasn’t and do things against His plan.

•   We still do this today.

•   We still try to get Jesus to do our will instead of accepting the Will of Jesus.

•   We still try to get Jesus to bend to our will and do our bidding.

•       Jesus is not a genie in a bottle. You don’t get your wishes.

•   We choose things and people over Jesus all the time!

•                                  We choose our own Barabbas…sometimes daily.


We look to Jesus just as the Jewish people did…wanting a mighty King and warrior who is to overthrown the darkness that has taken over.


Lets look at what scripture says…

•   John 16:33 “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

•   1 Corinthians 15:57 “But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

•   Colossians 2:15 “He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him.”


What are you to yell now church? Hosanna! (Please Save Us) or Crucify Him!?


You want a King that has won the battle?

You want a King that was the victory?

You want a King who is willing to take your place and raise you up on high?

You want a King who would die for you?


You have One…His name is Jesus!