Early Christians found in the words of this psalm a wonderful way of describing the significance of Jesus. He was the rejected stone whom God made the cornerstone of a brand-new temple (verses 22–24).
19 Open wide to me the gates of justice so that I may walk through them and offer praise and worship to the Eternal.
20 This is the gate of the Eternal; the righteous children of God will go through it.
21 I will praise You because You answered me when I was in trouble. You have become my salvation. 22 The stone that the builders rejected has become the very stone that holds together the entire foundation. 23 This is the work of the Eternal, and it is marvelous in our eyes.[a] 24 This is the day the Eternal God has made; let us celebrate and be happy today. 25 O Eternal One, save us, we beg You. O Eternal One, we beg You, bring us success!
26 He who comes in the name of the Eternal will be blessed;[b] we have blessed You from the house of the Eternal. 27 The Eternal is the True God; He shines His light on us. Let the feast begin. Bring the sacrifice, and tie it to the horns of the altar. 28 You are my God, and I give You thanks; You are my God, and I praise You. 29 Give thanks to our Eternal Lord; He is always good. He never ceases to be loving and kind.
28 When He finished the parable, He pushed onward, climbing the steep hills toward Jerusalem.
29 He approached the towns of Bethphage and Bethany, which are near Mount Olivet. He sent two of the disciples ahead.
Jesus:30 Go to the next village. When you enter, you will find a colt tied—a colt that has never been ridden before. Untie it and bring it here. 31 If anyone asks you why you’re untying it, just say, “The Lord needs it.”
32 So the two disciples found things just as He had told them. 33 When its owners did indeed ask why they were untying the colt, 34 the disciples answered as they had been instructed.
Disciples: The Lord needs it.
35 They brought the colt to Jesus, threw their coats on the colt’s back, and then sat Jesus on it. 36 As Jesus rode along, some people began to spread their garments on the road as a carpet. 37 When they passed the crest of Mount Olivet and began descending toward Jerusalem, a huge crowd of disciples began to celebrate and praise God with loud shouts, glorifying God for the mighty works they had witnessed.
Crowd of Disciples:38 The King who comes in the name of the Eternal One is blessed![a]
Peace in heaven! Glory in the highest!
Pharisees(who were in the crowd):39 Teacher, tell these people to stop making these wild claims and acting this way!
Jesus:40 Listen—if they were silent, the very rocks would start to shout!
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