This passage lets Jesus enjoy the welcome of the people who will, ironically, soon be calling for his crcifixion.
they took palm branches and went out to meet him,
… one of my favorite visual images. I really like the palm sunday service where we’re given a palm frond.
“Fear no more, O daughter Zion; see, your king comes, seated upon an ass’s colt.”
… the NAB says he means colt as opposed to a conqueror’s war horse.
So the crowd that was with him when he called Lazarus from the tomb and raised him from death continued to testify. This was (also) why the crowd went to meet him, because they heard that he had done this sign.
… more stuff about the raising of Lazarus – it seems to figure very importantly, which is partly why I believe it did actually occur.
So the Pharisees said to one another, “You see that you are gaining nothing. Look, the whole world has gone after him.”
… Pharisees – the ultimate party-poopers :-). The NAB says this line alludes to the universality of salvation.