Jesus Enters Jerusalem as a King
After Jesus said this, he went on toward Jerusalem.
Jesus came near Bethphage and Bethany, towns near the hill called the Mount of Olives. Then he sent out two of his followers.
He said, “Go into the town you can see there. When you enter it, you will find a colt tied there. No one has ever ridden this colt. Untie it, and bring it here to me.
If anyone asks you why you are taking it, say, ‘The Master needs it.’”
The two followers went into town. They found the colt just as Jesus told them.
The followers untied it, but the owners of the colt came out. They asked the followers, “Why are you untying our colt?”
The followers answered, “The Master needs it.”
So they brought it to Jesus. They threw their coats on the colt’s back and put Jesus on it.
As Jesus rode toward Jerusalem, the followers spread their coats on the road before him.
Jesus was coming close to Jerusalem. He was already near the bottom of the Mount of Olives. The whole crowd of followers was very happy. They began shouting praise to God for all the powerful works they had seen. They said,
“God bless the king who comes in the name of the Lord!There is peace in heaven and glory to God!” Psalm 118:26
Some of the Pharisees said to Jesus, “Teacher, tell your followers not to say these things!”
But Jesus answered, “I tell you, if my followers don’t say these things, then the stones will cry out.”