The followers of Jesus had been waving palm branches and spreading their cloaks on the road in front of Him as He road into town on a donkey. They were in Jerusalem for the Passover. The crowd of His followers began to rejoice and praise God with loud voices for all the mighty works and miracles He had done in Galilee and other places. They shouted for the King of Israel, and Son of God who comes in the name of the Lord. They had mistakenly thought that Jesus had come as a ruler to liberate their nation from Roman rule. When it became clear to them that Jesus wasn’t there to do that, they began to change their tone to one of anger. And some of the Pharisees who had placed themselves there to watch and observe to see if they might be able to bring a charge against Christ, said to Him to rebuke His followers. Jesus answered them saying that if the followers were quiet, that God would make the stones speak out either against the Pharisees or in a declaration of Him as the Messiah.