"Glory to God in the highest!" (Exuberant multitudes shout their acclaim.)

Matthew 21:1-16

A week from today, this passage anchors the Sunday School lesson (“The King as a Servant”) in the quarterlies by Christian Light Publications. Here’s a four-verse chunk out of the middle:

  1. And a very great multitude spread their garments in the way; others cut down branches from the trees, and strawed them in the way.
  2. And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the Son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest.
  3. And when he was come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, Who is this?
  4. And the multitude said, This is Jesus the prophet of Nazareth of Galilee.

When I read the passage a few minutes ago, this expression clicked for me: “in the highest.”

Such a familiar ring… Could it be…? I looked it up. Sure enough!

There were multiple multitudes on two vastly different occasions which exuberantly shouted their acclaim for the long-awaited King:

  • “Glory to God in the highest!
  • “Hosanna in the highest!”

Glory to God in the highest! Hosanna in the highest!

Here, listen to the first group:

“And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men” (Luke 2:13,14).

Angels and humans proclaiming Jesus — for some reason, I am blessed by that.

I really have nothing more to say than that. But I’m adding how the other Evangelists recorded the second event:

“And they that went before, and they that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna; Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord: Blessed be the kingdom of our father David, that cometh in the name of the Lord: Hosanna in the highest” (Mark 11:9,10).

“And when he was come nigh, even now at the descent of the mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen; Blessed be the King that cometh in the name of the Lord: peace in heaven, and glory in the highest” (Luke 19:37,38).

“Took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet him, and cried, Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord” (John 12:13).

Too bad that for most of them it fizzled out in a week or so, turning into murderous rejection.

By God’s grace, my own praise shall grow. That is my commitment.

Surely you could add something...