Nothing connected with the Passion and Death of Christ was purely accidental. And although Our Saviour was unquestionably the central Figure of Calvary, many other persons - by God's Providence - took part in the living drama of the first Good Friday. These persons too provide instruction for our own lives.
In this book, Fr. Christopher Rengers draws from Scripture, history and early Christian traditions to complete our knowledge of those events and of the persons who took part in them. The author gives interesting historical background on the identity of Mary Magdalen; Herod Antipas and his execution of St. John the Baptist; the Sanhedrin's plans against Our Lord; the Romans' rule of Jerusalem; etc. But in addition to a greater understanding of the events of the Passion, the reader will also find here spiritual lessons both of warning and of encouragement. Particularly sobering is the story of Pontius Pilate, who did not want to condemn Our Lord, but slipped from one compromise to another until he had condemned the Saviour of the world, God Himself, to crucifixion.