Monthly Archives: July 2015

Christ Descended into Hell

Jesus “descended into the lower parts of the earth. He who descended is he who also ascended far above all the heavens.”The Apostles’ Creed confesses in the same article Christ’s descent into hell and his Resurrection from the dead on … Continue reading

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The Burial of Jesus

“By the grace of God” Jesus tasted death “for every one”. In his plan of salvation, God ordained that his Son should not only “die for our sins” but should also “taste death”, experience the condition of death, the separation of his … Continue reading

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Christ’s Death: The Unique and Definitive Sacrifice

The cup of the New Covenant, which Jesus anticipated when he offered himself at the Last Supper, is afterwards accepted by him from his Father’s hands in his agony in the garden at Gethsemani, making himself “obedient unto death”. Jesus prays: … Continue reading

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Christ Offered Himself To His Father For Our Sins

The Son of God, who came down “from heaven, not to do (his) own will, but the will of him who sent (him)”,said on coming into the world, “Lo, I have come to do your will, O God.” “and by … Continue reading

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Christ’s Redemptive Death in God’s Plan of Salvation

Jesus’ violent death was not the result of chance in an unfortunate coincidence of circumstances, but is part of the mystery of God’s plan, as St. Peter explains to the Jews of Jerusalem in his first sermon on Pentecost: “This … Continue reading

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The Trial of Jesus

Among the religious authorities of Jerusalem, not only were the Pharisee Nicodemus and the prominent Joseph of Arimathea both secret disciples of Jesus, but there was also long-standing dissension about him, so much so that St. John says of these … Continue reading

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Jesus and Israel’s Faith in the One God and Savior

If the Law and the Jerusalem Temple could be occasions of opposition to Jesus by Israel’s religious authorities, his role in the redemption of sins, the divine work par excellence, was the true stumbling-block for them. Jesus scandalized the Pharisees … Continue reading

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