The next day a great crowd of those who had come to the Festival, hearing that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem,
took branches of the palm trees and went out to meet Him, shouting as they went, "God save him! Blessings on him who comes in the name of the Lord--even on the King of Israel!"
And Jesus, having procured a young ass, sat upon it, just as the Scripture says,
"Fear not, Daughter of Zion! See, thy King is coming riding on an ass's colt."
The meaning of this His disciples did not understand at the time; but after Jesus was glorified they recollected that this was written about Him, and that they had done this to Him.
The large number of people, however, who had been present when He called Lazarus out of the tomb and brought him back to life, related what they had witnessed.
This was also why the crowd came to meet Him, because they had heard of His having performed that miracle.
The result was that the Pharisees said among themselves, "Observe how idle all your efforts are! The world is gone after him!"