“After he had said this, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem” (vs. 28)
The Greek text reads Jesus was going "up" but if we read this too quickly, we might miss that they are climbing the Mount of Olives. It is a constant ascent, steep and rugged. I can't help but think this is a metaphor for what is yet to come in Jesus' remaining days.
I wonder if Jesus knew the exact details of those days; after all, he seems to magically know about this colt that is in the next town and exactly how to obtain it. Perhaps there's a more logical answer: someone he encountered on the way let him know about the colt up ahead. And after a grueling schedule of dining with a tax collector (Zacchaeus) and teaching in parables earlier in this chapter, Jesus needed a little help with the remainder of the climb.
We do well to remember that remaining steadfast to God doesn't always mean doing it all on our own. At times, we need a little help, especially when we are climbing steep and rugged terrain: physically or spiritually.
Let us pray: Lord, help us trust in you in our daily lives, no matter what we face. Open our eyes to see your love--and help us on our climb. Amen.