THE MYSTERY OF JERUSALEM
Jesus Comes to Jerusalem as King
11Â As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage and Bethany at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of his disciples, 2Â saying to them, â€œGo to the village ahead of you, and just as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. 3Â If anyone asks you, â€˜Why are you doing this?â€™ say, â€˜The Lord needs it and will send it back here shortly.â€™â€
4Â They went and found a colt outside in the street, tied at a doorway. As they untied it, 5Â some people standing there asked, â€œWhat are you doing, untying that colt?â€ 6Â They answered as Jesus had told them to, and the people let them go. 7Â When they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks over it, he sat on it. 8Â Many people spread their cloaks on the road, while others spread branches they had cut in the fields. 9Â Those who went ahead and those who followed shouted,
â€œBlessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!â€
10Â â€œBlessed is the coming kingdom of our father David!â€
â€œHosanna in the highest heaven!â€
11Â Jesus entered Jerusalem and went into the temple courts. He looked around at everything, but since it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the Twelve.
Jesus Curses a Fig Tree and Clears the Temple Courts
12Â The next day as they were leaving Bethany, Jesus was hungry. 13Â Seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to find out if it had any fruit. When he reached it, he found nothing but leaves, because it was not the season for figs. 14Â Then he said to the tree, â€œMay no one ever eat fruit from you again.â€ And his disciples heard him say it.
15Â On reaching Jerusalem, Jesus entered the temple courts and began driving out those who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves, 16Â and would not allow anyone to carry merchandise through the temple courts. 17Â And as he taught them, he said, â€œIs it not written: â€˜My house will be called a house of prayer for all nationsâ€™? But you have made it â€˜a den of robbers.â€™â€
18Â The chief priests and the teachers of the law heard this and began looking for a way to kill him, for they feared him, because the whole crowd was amazed at his teaching.