Matthew 21:1-17; Mark 11:1-10; Luke 19:28-38; and John 12:12-18

  1.   Jesus had been the day before with Martha and Lazarus at Bethany where Mary broke the bottle of perfume and it put it on his feet.  Judas was upset.  Many Jews were there to see Jesus and also to Lazarus who had been risen from the dead.  The chief priests were plotting to kill Lazarus because on account of him many of the Jews were going over to Jesus and putting their faith in him. 
  2.  After Jesus told the parable of the 10 Minas, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem.
  3. Jesus & his disciples approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage (Mk; Lk adds “and Bethany”) on the hill called Mt of Olives
  4. Jesus sent 2 disciples to the village ahead of him
  5. They would find a donkey and a colt, untie them, tell them the Lord needs them and he will send them right away.  Mk, Lk add a “colt that has never been ridden.”
  6.  Mk:   “Went and found a colt outside in the street, tied at a doorway.” 
  7.  Mk:  As they untied it, some people standing there asked, “What you doing, untying that colt?”
  8.   Lk:  The owners asked them why they were untying the colt 
  9. They told them what Jesus said and the people let them go.
  10. This fulfilled Zech 9:9—“Say to the Daughter of Zion, Do not be afraid, O Daughter of Zion, See, your king comes to you, gentle and riding/seated on a donkey, on a colt/young donkey, the foal of a donkey. 
  11. At first his disciples did not understand all this.  Only after Jesus was glorified did they realize that these things had been written about him and that they had done these things to him.
  12. The disciples brought the donkey, placed their cloaks on them and Jesus sat on them 
  13.  Threw their cloaks on the colt and put Jesus on it. 
  14. 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 given this miraculous 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!” 
  15. The next day the great crowd that had come for the Feast heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem.  They took palm branches and went out to meet him
  16. A very large crowd [Mk—“many people”]spread their cloaks on the road as he went alone
  17.  Others cut branches [Mk:  “cut in the fields.] from the trees and spread them on the road 
  18. When he came near the place where the road goes down to the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen.  
  19.  The crowds that went ahead of him and those that following him.
20. They shouted, “Hosanna!  Blessed is he/the king who comes in the name of the Lord!  Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.  Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David!  Peace in heaven and glory in the highest.  Blessed is the King of Israel!Hosanna in the highest!”
21. Some of the Pharisees in the crows said to Jesus, “Teach, rebuke your disciples!” “I tell you,” he replided, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.”
22. As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it and 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.”
23. When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred.
24. They (?) asked “Who is this?”
25.  The crowds answered, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galiliee.”
26.  Jesus entered Jerusalem and went to the temple. 
27. Jesus entered the temple area and drove out all who were buying and selling there.  He overturned the tables of the money changes and the benches of those selling doves.  “It is written,” he said to them,” ‘My house will be called a house of prayer,’ but you are making it a ‘den of robbers.’”
28. The blind and the lame came to him at the temple, and he healed them.  But when the chief priests and the teachers of the law saw the wonderful things he did and the children shouting in the temple area, “Hosanna to the Son of David,” they were indignant.
29. “Do you hear what these children are saying?” they asked him.  “Yes,” replied Jesus, “have you never read, “’From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise’?”
30. And he left them and went out of the city to Bethany, where he spent the night.
He looked at everything but since it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the Twelve.
31. Every day he was teaching at the temple.  But the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the leaders among the people were trying to kill him.  Yet they could not find any way to do it, because all the people on his words.”
 Triumphal Entry in Short:

Jesus has been staying at Lazarus’ house.  Word had gotten out locally and even to Jerusalem about the resurrection.

Jesus goes to the hill of the Mt. of Olives and sends the two to get the donkey& colt.  They return and lay their cloaks on the donkey and on the road.

Meanwhile back in Jerusalem people hear Jesus is coming and run out to the field and cut palm branches and spread them on the road along with more cloaks.

As Jesus was descending the hill of the Mount of Olives there was exceeding joy of the disciples.  

But as Jesus began to draw near to Jerusalem he began to weep, not for the cross he would face but for the lostness of this beloved people.

Upon entering the temple he saw all the money-changers and over-turned their tables.  Joy and praise at Mt of Olives, turned to sorrow and sadness upon entering Jerusalem,  changed to temple chaos and anger at business being set up in the temple..  A wild day.

Jews were turning to the faith and the chief priests and Pharisees were jealous and with violent intent.

Jesus returns to Bethany for the night with the Twelve.