"Come and See": A Web Commentary on the Gospel of John: Section 11. Jesus begins to move from death to new life (Jn 12.1-50)

11.2 Jesus Enters Jerusalem (Jn 12.12-19)

12On the next day the large crowd that had come to the festival (ie, Passover), hearing that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, 13took palm branches and went out to meet him. And they shouted, “Hosanna1! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord2, [and] blessed is3 the King of Israel4!” 14But Jesus, finding a young donkey, sat down on it, just as it is written, 15“Don’t be afraid, Daughter Zion. Look! Your king is coming, seated upon a donkey’s foal.”5 16The disciples did not understand these things at first, but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that the things that had been written about him were the very things they did to (or for) him.

17Then the crowd that had been with him when he called Lazarus from the tomb and raised him from the dead bore witness about it6. 18Therefore the crowd [also] met him because they heard that he had done this sign. 19Then the Pharisees said to one another, “You see that nothing does you any good! The whole world has gone after him!”

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1 LiterallyHe (the Lord) saves; see Ps 118.25a

2 Cp Ps 118.26

3 blessed is: supplied

4 Possibly an allusion to Zephaniah 3.15c: The King of Israel, the Lord, is in your midst

5 Cp Zechariah 9.9

6 about it: supplied