The chief priests and scribes were indignant when they saw even children shouting praise to Jesus.
These religious leaders saw Jesus as competition. They neither wanted to follow Jesus themselves nor did they want any of their followers to follow Him. This created a dilemma for them because the people were following Jesus in droves. Thus the leaders were frustrated and became indignant.
Do you become indignant when your followers go after Jesus instead of staying with you. Pastors are always seeking to “close the back door” to their churches. But what if the back door leads to Jesus?
After all, you’ve always said you want to lead them to the Lord. If they find Him and follow Him, isn’t that success for you – even if they move away from you?
Or are you one of those Christian leaders who believes that anyone leaving their flock is usually backsliding or in some way disobeying God? Then you can identify with the scribes and Pharisees.