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.
Now, it’s clear that Jesus was not assuming the role of king as many thought or wanted him to. He was not the king that would bring down Rome or restore the autonomy of Israel, as the crowds expected. He was the king that would bring about freedom but in a soul-changing sort of way.
Jesus was acting like a king. Jesus was claiming the power of a king, a king that demonstrated his power by choosing to serve rather than be served, to humbly give rather than receive. Jesus is not just claiming to be a king, but the King.