Going to Jerusalem Publicly and Mysteriously
Luke 19:28 And having said these things, He went on before them, going up to Jerusalem. (29) And as He drew near to Bethphage and Bethany, near the mount which is called Olivet, He sent two of the disciples, (30) Saying, Go into the village opposite you, in which, as you are entering, you will find a colt tied, on which no man has ever yet sat; untie it and lead it here. (31) And if anyone asks you, Why are you untying it? thus shall you say, Because the Lord has need of it. (32) And those who were sent went away and found it even as He had told them. (33) And as they were untying the colt, its masters said to them, Why are you untying the colt? (34) And they said, Because the Lord has need of it. (35) And they brought it to Jesus. And when they had thrown their garments on the colt, they put Jesus on it.
The Lord Jesus was not arrested by the Pharisees in Galilee and then brought by them to Jerusalem to be put to death. On the contrary, He went to Jerusalem of His own initiative. Furthermore, He did not sneak into Jerusalem as a thief, but entered the city in a public way. When He drew close to Jerusalem, He prepared Himself to enter the city as a King. However, He did not enter the city as a king in splendor but as a King in humility. Instead of riding on a horse, He rode on a colt that sovereignly was made ready for Him.
How this colt was prepared for the Lord’s use is a mystery. The Lord simply told two of His disciples, “Go into the village opposite you, in which, as you are entering, you will find a colt tied, on which no man has ever yet sat. Untie it and bring it.” The Lord went on to tell the disciples that if they were asked why they were untying the colt, they should say, “Because the Lord needs it” (v. 31). The disciples went away and found the colt just as the Lord had told them. When they were asked why they were untying the colt, they replied, “Because the Lord needs it” (v. 34). Then they brought the colt to Jesus, “and throwing their garments on the colt, they put Jesus on it” (v. 35).
It may seem that the preparation of the colt was not a great matter. Actually, for the colt to be prepared in such a mysterious way was something great. Only the Creator of the universe could do such a thing. No doubt, the Lord Jesus is the real King. He spoke a brief word to His disciples concerning the colt. When they took His word and acted on it, everything happened exactly as He said it would.