The Pharisees heard the crowd whispering such things about him. Then the chief priests and the Pharisees sent temple guards to arrest him.
The pharisees could not act alone. They needed the Saducees and the Elders to unite against their common enemy. There is no doubt that the Jewish opposition to Jesus was united against him as later Pilate and Herod would be. We should not be surprised that Christians are being persecuted by Muslims, Hindus, atheists and secularists. The demands that Jesus makes prick the consciences of those who do not know the grace of God and invoke even violence in their fervent denial of him.