Palm branches were laid down on the road as Jesus entered into the city. These palm branches would have been placed down for a returning victorious army. This practice is like our modern day red carpet.
The crowd sang praises to Jesus. the believed that he would be like David, a great king. Verse 10
shows us that the focus of the people was primarily on making Jesus their king. We don’t know the
inner thoughts on the people but our best assumption is that the people saw Jesus as a great teacher
and possibly the messiah who would rule Israel and dispel Rome. They did not understand that he
had come to die on the cross.
The significance of this passage comes from Zacheriah 9:9.
Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion!
Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem!
Behold, your king is coming to you;
righteous and having salvation is he,
humble and mounted on a donkey,
on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
This passage describes a meek and humble king. Here Jesus is the King that the people needed but they only saw him as a military leader. He would die to take away their sin and then God the Father would raise him us as the King of Kings. However, this was not on the radar of the people.