Because of the resurrection of Lazarus from his four-day-long death, Christ was hailed as the long-expected messiah, the King of Israel.
In fulfillment of the prophecies of the [[Old Testament]], he entered Jerusalem, the city of the king, riding on the colt of an ass ([[Zech]] 9:9; [[John]] 12:12). Crowds greeted him. They had branches in their hands and called out to him with shouts of praise: Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! The Son of David! The King of Israel! Because of this glorification by the people, the priests and scribes were finally driven ''to destroy him, to put him to death'' ([[Luke]] 19:47; John 11:53, 12:10).