After Jesus had said this, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. 29 As he approached Bethphage and Bethany at the hill called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples, saying to them, 30 “Go to the village ahead of you, and as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. 31 If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ say, ‘The Lord needs it.’” (Luke 19:28-44)
Jesus knew exactly what he was doing, if he didn’t, he wouldn’t have rolled into town on a donkey. Sure, the symbolism may have been lost on some, but there were certainly others who could see the image of Zechariah’s prophecy (Zech. 9:9). Jesus was acting like a king.