They brought the donkey and the colt, placed their cloaks on them, and Jesus sat on them. A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 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!” -- Matthew 21:7-9.The Gospels in the Bible record that at the beginning of Holy Week, Jesus entered Jerusalem on a donkey to crowds cheering, "Hosanna" and waving Palm branches. The week's events would turn to calls for crucifixion on Good Friday and the miracle of Resurrection on Easter Sunday.
In church today, during the Children's Sermon, the speaker handed out rocks to the kids. He then asked them to walk up the aisle toward the exit and then back to the front while asking us in the pews to shout, "Hosanna, save us now." He wanted to re-create the drama of the Palm Sunday journey of Jesus. The cacophony of voices was very moving... we sensed some of the excitement and belief in possibility that the crowd might have felt.
The speaker than called for silence and reminded us that in the Bible, it records not everyone was in favor of Jesus. He then recited the words of Jesus:
Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!” “I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.” -- Luke 19:39-40The speaker than told the kids to keep the rocks and remember Jesus will be proclaimed no matter what and it is our honor to be able to do so.