In our weekend services I shared a message entitled "Empty Hallelujahs." This is an exerpt from that message:
"The next day the huge crowd that had arrived for the Feast heard that Jesus was entering Jerusalem. They broke off palm branches and went out to meet him. And they cheered: Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in God's name! Yes! The King of Israel!" John 12:13
Hosanna in Hebrew means "Please save us!"
The crowd of people that gathered to greet this Jesus on Sunday was quite possibly the same crowd that gathered at the Cross on Friday.
How is it that these people went from praising to cursing in a matter of a few days?
On Sunday the people prayed a prayer when they cried "Hosanna!" (Lord, Please save us!). Then on Friday, while they were shouting "Crucify!", he was answering their prayer from Sunday. He was saving them.