After Jesus had said this, he went on ahead. He was going up to Jerusalem.
He approached Bethphage and Bethany. The hill there was called the Mount of Olives. Jesus sent out two of his disciples. He said to them,
"Go to the village ahead of you. As soon as you get there, you will find a donkey's colt tied up. No one has ever ridden it. Untie it and bring it here.
Someone may ask you, 'Why are you untying it?' If so, say, 'The Lord needs it.' "
Those who were sent ahead went and found the young donkey. It was there just as Jesus had told them.
They were untying the colt when its owners came. The owners asked them, "Why are you untying the colt?"
They replied, "The Lord needs it."
Then the disciples brought the colt to Jesus. They threw their coats on the young donkey and put Jesus on it.
As he went along, people spread their coats on the road.
Jesus came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives. There the whole crowd of disciples began to praise God with joy. In loud voices they praised him for all the miracles they had seen. They shouted,
"Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!" #1(Psalm 118:26)#2 "May there be peace and glory in the highest heaven!"
Some of the Pharisees in the crowd spoke to Jesus. "Teacher," they said, "tell your disciples to stop!"
"I tell you," he replied, "if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out."
He approached Jerusalem. When he saw the city, he began to sob.
He said, "I wish you had known today what would bring you peace! But now it is hidden from your eyes.
"The days will come when your enemies will arrive. They will build a wall of dirt up against your city. They will surround you and close you in on every side.
You didn't recognize the time when God came to you. So your enemies will smash you to the ground. They will destroy you and all the people inside your walls. They will not leave one stone on top of another."