When Jesus rode into Jerusalem on the day He presented Himself as king in fulfillment of the prophecy of Zechariah (Zec. Zec. 9:9 cf. Mtt. Mat. 21:1-11), the crowd laid palm branches under His path while crying out Hosanna to the Son of David! (Mtt. Mat. 21:9). Hosanna, an Aramaic word made up of the words save and I pray, originally meant save, I pray. Although it originally expressed a requestthe desire for salvationit eventually developed a liturgical usage, a shout of praise and worship hosanna, we praise you.1 These praise the Lamb much as the people praised the King at His first presentation to Jerusalemsalvation belongs to the Son of David!2 Σωτηρία [Sōtēria] includes both deliverance and preservation.3 These had been delivered from the persecution of the Great Tribulation and preserved through death. Salvation was completed at the cross, but its full manifestation awaits the future (Rev. Rev. 12:10+; Rev. 19:1+). Because salvation belongs to the Father and the Son it cannot be obtained anywhere else, especially not by our own works. Salvation is by grace through faith.4
to our God . . . and to the Lamb
God is uniquely the Savior. The Father spoke through Isaiah, I, even I, am the LORD, and besides Me there is no savior. I have declared and saved (Isa. Isa. 43:11). Zacharias prophesied concerning the salvation of the Lamb at His impending incarnation saying, Blessed is the Lord God of Israel, for He has visited and redeemed His people, and has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of His servant David, as He spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets who have been since the world began (Luke Luke 1:69-70). Salvation belongs to the Father and the Son because the Son provided salvation through redemption (Rev. Rev. 5:9+). Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved (Acts Acts 4:12). The Son is worshiped on an equal basis with the Father (John John 5:23).5 See commentary on Revelation 5:13.
3 Frederick William Danker and Walter Bauer, A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature (Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 2000), 801.
4 Concerning salvation by faith: Hab. Hab. 2:4; Luke Luke 7:42, Luke 7:50; Acts Acts 13:39; Rom. Rom. 1:17; Rom. 3:20, Rom. 3:28; Rom. 4:2-6; Rom. 5:1, Rom. 5:16-18; Gal. Gal. 2:16, Gal. 2:21; Gal. 3:11, Gal. 3:24; Gal. 5:4; Gal. 6:15; Eph. Eph. 2:8-10; 2Ti. 2Ti. 1:9; Tit. Tit. 3:5; Heb. Heb. 10:38; Rev. Rev. 7:10+.
5 Concerning worship of Jesus: Mtt. Mat. 2:2; Mat. 8:2; Mat. 9:18; Mat. 14:33; Mat. 15:25; Mat. 28:9, Mat. 28:17; Mtt. Mat. 20:20; Mark Mark 5:6; Luke Luke 24:52; John John 5:18, John 5:23; John John 9:38; John 20:28; Acts Acts 7:59 cf. Ps. Ps. 31:5; Php. Php. 2:9; Heb. Heb. 1:6; Rev. Rev. 5:13+; Rev. Rev. 7:10+.