Read the Scripture Here: John 12:12-19
I know where the story will go from here, so I'm taking a moment to savor this part of scripture. These people have saw Jesus do amazing things, he just raised Lazarus from the dead, among other things, and they are excited and thankful, hopeful and joyful. At this point they believe that Jesus is the Messiah because of the miracles they have witnessed with their own eyes. They are singing Hosanna, and fanning him with Palm Branches.
Jesus has done so many things for each of us, things that even if we do not witness a single further miracle, should be able to carry us through our lifetime. We don't seem to be able to do that however. Upon the next, what we call, "crisis" in our lives, most of us will forget all the miracles of the past.
Notice what Jesus is doing. He comes on a donkey's colt. A colt, a baby donkey...I raised donkey's, have you seen a colt of a donkey. They are not very attractive. Jesus comes through as a humbled servant, not with gold and robes, but with a donkey's colt and rags. He is secure in who he is, he doesn't need to be flashy or forceful. He is the son of God, he could have anything he wished, and he chose to be our humbled friend.
Notice what the Pharisee's are doing. They are watching people flock to Jesus, because he doesn't control them with man made laws. He doesn't force them to do what he says. He tells them what God's laws are and he gives them the ability to choose. People flock to love. They are becoming increasingly jealous because they are realizing that although they are the rulers of the religious laws, they themselves have chosen not to follow Christ and they are loosing their money.