venezuela I captured this photo of a political rally in Venezuela just before Hugo Chavez showed up to give a speech. 

On the western side of Jerusalem, Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor of Judea, would enter the city, bringing with him at least 1,000 Roman soldiers on chariots, on horseback, and on foot. The show of force was a reminder for the people that they may talk of liberation from the past but Rome is in charge now.

As Jesus rides down the Mount of Olives toward Jerusalem, the people began to wave palm branches, a sign of victory and celebration among Jews and Romans. They shout, “Hosanna!” (which means “Save us now!”) and “Blesssed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” They are quoting Psalm 118:26. The Psalm was written to welcome kings back to Jerusalem as they returned victorious from war. It became a psalm read…

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