"Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach. " Hebrews 13:13
The name Jesus is the transliteration of the Hebrew name Yehoshua, contracted to Joshua. Joshua is a type of Christ, as are Isaiah and Hosea, whose names also derive from the same Hebrew root verb that means to save. Another important word that also shares this root verb is hosanna, which literally means save now. The most important usage of this word in the scriptures is in the account of an event early in the final week of the Lord’s mortal life.
On the next day much people that were come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem,
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 12:12-13)
What kind of salvation are the people seeking in this account? Are they all looking for the same thing? Or, is everyone looking for something different? Most commentaries say the people in this account are seeking for military or political salvation from the Romans, but even then, peoples’ desires are very individualized.
It is interesting that in addition to calling out or pleading for the Lord to save now they are at the same time through the word hosanna calling out the name Jesus as the Lord enters into the city, but at that time and in those circumstances the people don’t understand clearly what true salvation is, neither do they truly know Him, as evidenced by the fact that within the same week the people call for His death, and all men leave Him alone. Ironically, He does save now, but in a way that is entirely outside of their frame of reference, or symbolically and in accordance with the Law of Moses, outside the city He has just entered:
Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate. Hebrews 13:12
It is easy to look back and see clearly events from centuries or millennia ago as they are recorded, with much interpretation included in the recorded account and in commentary, but the same kinds of questions apply today and are just as critical: What kind of salvation are each of us looking for? Does salvation lie in immediate alleviation of difficult circumstances? In other words, do we call out for salvation now? What forms of salvation do we seek at different times and in different circumstances? Or do we endure the dark night with our candles lit, waiting upon the Lord and His will, following Him?
As in the account of the Brother of Jared referred to last week salvation always involves a journey, with difficulties, messiness, incongruity, tragedy, often with more than we ever imagined would happen to us or more than we thought we could endure. The solution in the end is always the same—light and life only through Jesus Christ, only through His grace, only through receiving everything from Him as we humbly look to Him alone and submit to His will with full confidence that nothing can separate us from His ultimate salvation and association as we exercise faith in Him. As Paul wrote:
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:35-39