A bit off-topic: how did the people go from being adoring (as described in Matthew 21: spreading their coats on the ground when Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey and calling out "Blessed is He Who comes in the name of the Lord!") to calling for his crucifixion? Also, did the crowd have much of an effect on what transpired? Wasn't Jesus' execution a self-serving political maneuver on the part of those who felt threatened by Jesus? Wasn't it decided by the Sanhedrin court? Then the high priest tore his robes and said, "He has blasphemed! What further need have we of witnesses? You have now heard the blasphemy; what is your opinion?" They said in reply, "He deserves to die!" (Matthew 26:65-66) Jesus denied being a political threat by telling the Sanhedrin court "My kingdom is not of this world." In an apparent attempt to minimize the impression of being a threat, he had chosen a humble donkey to ride on into Jerusalem.