Imagine the noise as all the praises of a thousand people filled the air! There was a line of people stretching from the top of the Mount of Olives all the way down to the city gate. In fact, according to John’s account, there were so many people lining the road that the Pharisees were saying to each other, “Look how the whole world has gone after him!”… which is kind of ironic when you stop to think that in a weeks time, this same crowd would be shouting “Crucify Him!”
And then suddenly, in the midst of this excitement and joyous celebration, we find Jesus all alone. It’s as if Luke gives us a little insight into what was going through Jesus’ mind as he comes up over the Mount of Olives, with all of Jerusalem spread out before him.
Don’t miss the importance of this… Jesus is riding into Jerusalem on a donkey, as a king bringing peace to his people. He is coming down from the Mount of Olives, itself a symbol of peace, when he says… with tears in his eyes… (verse 42) “If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes.”
How it must of broken his heart to know that in just a few short days, the very people he was weeping over would be the same ones who would have him put to death. Their unbelief would be their downfall, which is why he pronounces a judgment on the city. This prophecy came true in 70 AD when the Roman Emperor Titus destroyed the city of Jerusalem, tearing down the temple and the city walls.
But what an entrance for the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords!