As Jesus was getting ready for the very first Palm Sunday,
there was a feeling of secrecy in the air.
Do you feel that in the text?
Before the end of the day there’s going to be a big triumphal parade.
But if word of it gets out to the Romans who are occupying Jerusalem,
there’s going to be big trouble.
So, they start things off on the down low.
They’ve made no real plans.
They don’t have a parade permit.
They don’t even have a horse.
So, Jesus sends two disciples surreptitiously to acquire a colt.
If you get caught stealing it, he says, just give them the secret password,
“The Lord needs it.”