1 As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage and Bethany at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of his disciples, 2 saying to them, “Go 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. 3 If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘The Lord needs it and will send it back here shortly.’”
4 They went and found a colt outside in the street, tied at a doorway. As they untied it, 5 some people standing there asked, “What are you doing, untying that colt?” 6 They answered as Jesus had told them to, and the people let them go. 7 When they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks over it, he sat on it. 8 Many people spread their cloaks on the road, while others spread branches they had cut in the fields. 9 Those who went ahead and those who followed shouted,
“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”[b]
10 “Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David!”
“Hosanna in the highest heaven!”
11 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.
Mark 11 1:11
Jesus performed a lot of miracles, and most of them are pretty well-known. He turned water into wine, made blind men see, lame men walk, drove out evil spirits, calmed (and walked on) the waters, and raised the dead. And while the story of Palm Sunday is generally recognized for palm branches and shouting “Hosanna!”, there’s another miracle (see above) that most people don’t recognize.
I ride horses. But even if you don’t, you can recognize that there’s a process involved in “breaking” them, or getting them ready to ride, show, be taken care of, etc. You don’t just hop on a really young horse and take them into a huge slew of shouting people, wearing nothing but a couple cloaks as a saddle, and expect the horse to behave perfectly.
Yet this is exactly what Jesus does. This is a young colt (still with his mother– and colts are weaned from their moms at about six months old, so we can assume he was around that age), that Jesus had never seen before. Yet not only did he know the colt would be there, tied with the mare, and the questions everyone else would ask, but that this colt had never been ridden. He was able to sit on this small donkey’s back with only the cloaks of the diciples, lead him by his halter, and control the colt. He went out into this HUGE parade, full of shouts, waving palm branches, and multitudes of people. The donkey had to walk over clothes and branches, through the midst of this giant celebration.
To me, that’s a miracle in itself. Heck, even the most seasoned parade horse would spook at the festivities. My horse would be bucking and bolting to kingdom come. John Lyons or Pat Paralleli couldn’t do this.
But Jesus could.