The word hosanna comes from a Hebrew word meaning “save now” or “save us, we pray.”  By saying “hosanna” as Jesus passed through the gates of Jerusalem, the Jews were acknowledging Jesus as their Messiah. The Jews had been waiting a long time  and their shouts of “hosanna in the highest” indicated the hope that their Messiah had finally come to set up God’s kingdom then and there.

The hope of the people have been in a state of expectation. 

Another group of pilgrims was arriving in Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover, and those already there were shouting the traditional welcome: “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.” The words are from Psalm 118:26 – a Psalm which is often heard at the Feast of Tabernacles. It was a festive hope that perhaps ‘this year’ the ‘Son of David’ would arrive to conquer Israel’s enemies.

All the people shouting recalled all the good things Jesus had done: healing their sicknesses, planting the word of life and hope in them, raising the dead, and giving sight to the blind Genuine thanksgiving and love and worship began to rise up in their hearts. They broke into a chorus of praise

    Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!
     Blessed is the coming kingdom of our ancestor David!
Hosanna in the highest heaven!” – Mark 11:9-10

Hosanna (Praise Is Rising) – Brenton Brown, Paul Baloche