Weekly Sermon
Delivered By
Dr. E. G. Sherman, Jr
Delivered On
March 25, 2018 at 8:45 AM
Subject
The Hosanna Crowd
Description

The Hosanna Crowd
“…a the great multitude spread their garment in the way…     and cried, saying, Hosanna to the Son of God…”     Mt. 21: 8, 9. and Mt. 27:22.
On the local level, today is the Church and Pastor’s
Anniversary of Institutional First Baptist Church. Within
the framework of Christianity today embraces an event
that occurred in the Salvation Plan of God. It occurred
on a Sunday and because the multitude spread palm
branches on the pathway of Jesus’ travel, that Sunday
became known as Palm Sunday.   While it does not take a lengthy period for a major
event to occur that will have a major effect on people
during through the history, the earlier read Scriptures
offers an ongoing record of an event that transpired within
a week. Because the change in attitude involved many of
the same people, that aggregate became known at the

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Hosanna Crowd.
Although it occurred over 2,000 years ago, it is very much
a reality in 2018. Hence, the sermon for today has been
entitled The Hosanna Crowd. It will include the following
three considerations, namely: a definition for and some
characteristics of the crowd, the mind set of a crowd,
and some guidelines for the Christians to follow in gathering
with people.
Differing from the traditional historical anchor: writer,
time, and purpose of the text, the approach for today will be
confined to the events that occurred within one week. It
started on Palm Sunday and ended Friday of that week. It
included people of different national groups, but mostly
of the Jewish group. However the focal nation for this
sermon is the Jewish group. It was from this group that
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the triumph entry of Jesus was recognized and highly
symbolized with palm branches as they proclained, in a
loud shout, Hosanna to the Son of David. Later in the same
week, members of that same group, in answer to Pilate’s
question – what shall I do with Jesus?, cried aloud – Crucify
him, Crucify him! This group has become known as the
Hosanna Crowd.
Against this introduction, emphasis will now be
called to the component, or concern, of the sermon which
is meaning the word crowd. Prior to defining and briefly
characterizing the word crowd, it is deemed necessary to
identify some forms that the human population can assume.
The forms include an horde, nomad, gangs, mobs, group, and
crowd. What, then, is a crowd? It can be defined as a
collection of people drawn together by a common stimulus,

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attraction, or even. Often the gathering of people are largely
unknown among themselves, but they share a commonality
among themselves. Such individuals are driven by curiosity
to be in the know.  For the Hosanna Crowd, it was adoration
for Jesus that was so short lived; on that Sunday the group
loudly praised the Son of David, yet on Friday of the same
week, it cried Crucify him, Crucify him. Sadly, that jubilation
was short lived, less than a week. My how fast human
opinions can change – a fact that continues to have
relevance in modern times. The incident involving Jesus
occurred over 2,000 years ago, and it is yet happening
at a faster rate and wider scope.
This sad reality leads to the closing dimension of the
sermon which is twofold, first to briefly comment on the
mind set, goals, and non dependability of the Hosanna

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Crowd and, secondly, a few guidelines for determining
your interest in or proclivity of becoming a member of the
Hosanna Crowd.  First, this group is responsible to the
group mind set, often a lonely person, an individual who
enjoys confusion, and insecure in a leadership position.
Secondly, the contemporary American political arena
is be skewed toward the susceptible, and often angry,
individuals who are looking for a scapegoat. Sadly, our
nation is being pulled in, what I believe and definitely
definitely know, a non Christian way. So  in closing, I
am submitting some Biblical guidelines to withstand
the tendency to be a member of the Hosanna Crowd.
First and foremost, one must be a converted believer in
Jesus as Lord and Savior ( Romans 10:9 ) Next, one must
have the determination of Joshua who said, “…as for me
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and my house, we will serve the Lord”. Joshua 24:15, thirdly,
the believer must “… be faithful until death…”. Rev. 2:10.
Beloved these three obligations are highlighted during Palm
Sunday, The Holy Week often called Passion Week, and for
the rest of our early sojourn. Amen.

 

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