Setting the stage for God's passion play

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"Setting the Stage for God's Passion Play" Setting the Stage for God's Passion Play involves factors that play important roles in the birth, the death, and the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Although there are many factors that helped in this process, this paper focuses on three major roles. The building of the temple, the significance of Roman rule, and the reign of the Herod's are some of these many factors that played vital roles in setting the stage for God's passion play.

The building of the temple played a significant role in setting the stage for God's passion play. The Jewish temple was built during the time of Jesus by Herod the Great. This temple was known as one of Herod's finest building accomplishments to ever occur, taking 46 years to complete. The temple consisted of two major components; "The Holy Place," where only the priests were allowed and "The Most Holy Place," where only the High Priest of the time could enter (LookLex Encyclopaedia).

This structure was one of extravagance and high importance. The Jews doubted when Jesus basically said, "Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days." At the time, he was a single man by himself speaking against the common religion of this time period. Although the temple did in fact have to be destroyed in order to fulfill the prophecy of the Redeemer, and thus was destroyed by the Romans in 70 AD. Jesus then spoke of a more spectacular temple, "built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God...