On the fifth day before Passover, Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey as was prophesied. (Zechariah 9:9) As Jesus started to ride into Jerusalem the people recognized Him as their King, shouted “Hosanna,” and placed their garments and palm fronds on the ground in front of the donkey.
The word Hosanna is interesting here. It comes from the Hebrew phrase hoshiya na, which if you read Psalms 118:25 you may find out that the word actually means “Save us now.” These people were crying out for help. It’s not different from if you find someone in a deep pool and they can’t swim and they are shouting for help.
Many thought that Jesus was coming to save them from the Roman rule, but he was really coming to save them from their own sin. This was the plan from before the foundations of the Earth were made. In the Council of Heaven before the earth was created, Heavenly Father presented His plan for us. He chose Jesus Christ to carry out the plan of salvation (Job 38:7 and Abraham 3:27). Because of His Atonement, we can return to live with our Heavenly Father and receive eternal life.
I often think about this day and wonder just how hard this simple task could have been. There is no doubt that Jesus knew what was about to happen to him the rest of the week. How many of us would still walk into a city knowing that if we did that we would die? While Jesus was definitely unique in the fact that he lived a sinless life and knew what his mission was on this Earth, he was still flesh and bone and he still left the same pain and emotions that every single one of us feels. Heavenly Father wasn’t preventing him from turning around and not facing what he was about to face. He still had his own agency.
So this brings up the question on why did Jesus have suffer, bleed, and die. Why did he have to face what he was about to face? Why couldn’t he just forgive us as we mortals forgive each other? We don’t demand a sacrifice of a life in order to forgive someone.
I saw a really good blog post about this topic. Check it out here if you are interested.