Jesus Enters Jerusalem

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Jesus Enters Jerusalem

Jesus Enters JerusalemOn His way to Jerusalem Jesus passed near Bethany, which was at the Mount of Olives.  He sent two of His disciples to the village to find a colt, untie it and bring it to Him.  “If any one asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ you shall say this, ‘The Lord had need of it.’” (Luke 19:31)

The disciples went and did as Jesus told them.  They brought the colt to Jesus, put their clothes upon the animal, and set Him upon it.  As Jesus rode, they spread their clothes on the road.

As Jesus entered Jerusalem, a large multitude of people gathered to greet Him.  They rejoiced and praised God in loud voices, “Blessed be the King who comes in the name of the Lord!  Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” (Luke 19:38)  Some of the people spread their clothes and branches of palm trees in front of Him.  And when He entered Jerusalem, all the city was stirred, saying, “Who is this?” And the crowds said, “This is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth of Galilee.” (Matthew 21:10-11)

The Pharisees who were among the multitude did not like what they heard and saw.  They asked Jesus to stop the crowds from glorifying Him.  “Teacher, rebuke your disciples.”  He answered, “I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out.” (Luke 19:39-40)