Let’s talk for just a moment about Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem at the beginning of Mark 11.
This is Sunday of His final week. Today we call it Palm Sunday, because when He rode into Jerusalem on a borrowed colt, the crowds threw palm and other branches on the road in front of Him. This was a common practice to celebrate victory or success. The crowds were celebrating the victorious entry of the Messiah. And they cried, “Hosanna!” when means, “Save us!”, which is a quote from Psalm 118:25, which was commonly thought to refer to the Messiah. Then they said, “Blessings on the one who came in the name of the Lord. Blessings on the coming kingdom of our ancestor David! Hosanna in the highest!” This all added up to the most honorable praise and worship that could be offered to the promised Deliverer or Messiah.
With this entry into Jerusalem, imagine the consternation this must have caused to the Jewish leaders! If they let this kind of thing continue, they would most certainly lose the people. They had to bring down this blasphemer, this troublemaker.