500 years before Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey, the prophet Zechariah wrote of this event.
Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem!
Behold, your King is coming to you; He is just and having salvation,
Lowly and riding on a donkey, A colt, the foal of a donkey.
— Zechariah 9:9
Now when they drew near Jerusalem, and came to Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Loose them and bring them to Me. And if anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord has need of them,’ and immediately he will send them.”
All this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying:
“Tell the daughter of Zion,
‘Behold, your King is coming to you,
Lowly, and sitting on a donkey ,
A colt, the foal of a donkey .'”
So the disciples went and did as Jesus commanded them. They brought the donkey and the colt, laid their clothes on them, and set Him on them. And a very great multitude spread their clothes on the road; others cut down branches from the trees and spread them on the road [these were palm branches, and this is why we have “Palm Sunday”]. Then the multitudes who went before and those who followed cried out, saying:
“Hosanna to the Son of David!
‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!’
Hosanna in the highest!”
— Matthew 21:1-9
This is only one of scores of Messianic prophecies in the Bible. The odds of any one person fulfilling just a handful of them is astronomical, yet Jesus Christ fulfills them all. The Bible is the only religious book on earth that proves itself by predicting the future.
I am God, and there is none like me.
I make known the end from the beginning,
from ancient times, what is still to come.
— Isaiah 46:9-10