(12) The next day a great multitude…(13) took branches of palm trees and went out to meet [Jesus]…(14) then Jesus, when He had found a young donkey, sat on it.
Palm trees are everywhere in Jerusalem (and probably all of Israel). They’re as common as the trees outside your back door. My questions is, how did these people get the branches? Palm trees aren’t small.
This is the Palm Sunday walk. In Luke 19:29 it says, “…[Jesus] drew near to…the mountain called Olivet…” (also called the Mount of Olives). From there, He got on a donkey and rode down to the city of Jerusalem (see 19:41, quoted below). We started on the Mount of Olives, then walked down this path. Can you imagine people lining up on both sides, waving palm branches and throwing them down, shouting, “Hoshiana! Baruch Haba B’shem Adonai!” (Hosannah! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!)?
Luke 19:41 Now as He drew near, He saw the city and wept over it, (42) saying, “If you had known…the things that make for your peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes. (43) For days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment around you, surround you and close you in on every side.”
This picture was taken from atop the Mount of Olives, but still, this is the city that Jesus saw as He came down the mountain. And He wept for it.