As Jesus and his followers were coming closer to Jerusalem, they stopped at Bethphage at the hill called the Mount of Olives. From there Jesus sent two of his followers
and said to them, "Go to the town you can see there. When you enter it, you will quickly find a donkey tied there with its colt. Untie them and bring them to me.
If anyone asks you why you are taking the donkeys, say that the Master needs them, and he will send them at once."
This was to bring about what the prophet had said:
"Tell the people of Jerusalem, 'Your king is coming to you. He is gentle and riding on a donkey, on the colt of a donkey.'"
The followers went and did what Jesus told them to do.
They brought the donkey and the colt to Jesus and laid their coats on them, and Jesus sat on them.
Many people spread their coats on the road. Others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road.
The people were walking ahead of Jesus and behind him, shouting, "Praisen to the Son of David! God bless the One who comes in the name of the Lord!
When Jesus entered Jerusalem, all the city was filled with excitement. The people asked, "Who is this man?"
The crowd said, "This man is Jesus, the prophet from the town of Nazareth in Galilee."
Jesus went into the Temple and threw out all the people who were buying and selling there. He turned over the tables of those who were exchanging different kinds of money, and he upset the benches of those who were selling doves.
Jesus said to all the people there, "It is written in the Scriptures, 'My Temple will be called a house for prayer.' But you are changing it into a 'hideout for robbers.'"