The time has come for Jesus’ kingship to be made plain. He has been working quietly in and around Galilee, forgiving sins, silencing demons, spreading the message of what God is doing but not wanting any sort of public status to get in the way of his ministry. He has said three times that he will die and rise from death but now he is heading into Jerusalem to do it. This public announcement will not prevent his work on the cross, but ensure it. We see his Lordship and his lowliness, his conquering strength and humble gentleness that led the crowd to exalt him.