Note: This series is written as a first-person narrative to present Jesus in the context he walked in with the unknown disciple that narrates introducing my thoughts and sparking more ideas with his questions. Enjoy.
We approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives. Jesus turned to Nathaniel and me, saying to us, “Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, say that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.”
This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet, Zechariah:
“Say to Daughter Zion,
‘See, your king comes to you,
gentle and riding on a donkey,
and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.'”
We went ahead, and I wondered if it would really be that simple. The prophecy was on my mind, yet still.
We found a colt outside in the street, tied at a doorway. Nathaniel untied it, while I noticed some bystanders giving us a curious look.
They asked, “What are you doing, untying that colt?”
I said, “The Lord needs them and will bring them back shortly.”
“Well, that was surprisingly easy…” I muttered.
We led it back to Jesus and threw our cloaks over it. Jesus sat on it.
When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen:
“Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!”
“Peace in Heaven and glory in the highest!”
Some of the Pharisees in the crowd walked up to Jesus, and said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!”
“I tell you,” he replied with a smile, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.”
As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, we stopped. Jesus, with tears streaming down his dusty cheeks, said, “If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes. The days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and encircle you and hem you in on every side. They will dash you to the ground, you and the children within your walls. They will not leave one stone on another, because you did not recognize the time of God’s coming to you.”
Now the crowd that was with him when he called Lazarus from the tomb and raised him from the dead continued to spread the word. Many people, because they had heard that he had performed this sign, went out to meet him. So the Pharisees said to one another, “See, this is getting us nowhere. Look how the whole world has gone after him!”
Jesus entered Jerusalem and went into the temple courts. He looked around at everything, but since it was already late, he went out to Bethany with us.
Matt 21:1-11; Mark 11:1-11; Luke 19:28-44; John 12:12-19