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.