After a tough journey, the gang finally arrives in the suburbs of Jerusalem.
Jesus instructs his disciples to enter the village, locate a colt, untie it, and tell anyone who asks what they're doing that "The Lord needs it" (11:2). These tasks are just getting weirder and weirder.
Everything unfolds pretty much as Jesus said it would.
Jesus sits upon the colt as he enters Jerusalem. This is an allusion to Zechariah 9:9.
Many people throw their cloaks on the road before him, while others cut down branches from trees.
People precede and follow him, acclaiming Jesus as "the one who comes in the name of Lord" (11:9), blessing the coming kingdom, and in general shouting language from the Psalms.
Take a moment to enjoy a nice cool drink of irony. All this celebration clashes with Jesus's passion predictions and teachings about servitude while on the road.
Jesus enters Jerusalem's temple, which is the holiest site in the world for Jews of this time. He anticlimactically looks around and returns to the suburbs.
Here are a few historical tidbits for you to snack on. Normally, a dignitary arrives in a city, goes to the temple, and offers sacrifices, while the city's highest officials welcome and accompany him. Jesus just looks around, and the city's higher-ups are noticeably absent. This is a serious snub and surely indicative of what's about to go down in Jerusalem.