14. The passion and death of Jesus


    Among the great mysteries of the love of Jesus Christ that we know by the Gospels, the most remarkable is his passion, his death and his resurrection. The evangelists are telling us the betrayal of Judas, the unfair trial before the court, the flagellation, the coronation with thorns and the death sentence. With the Cross on his back, he goes to Calvary where is stripped off his clothes, nailed to the cross and placed between two thieves. After three hours of great pain and agony, Jesus Christ dies. He is taken down from the cross and is given to his Mother and finally placed in the tomb.

    Why did Jesus die? To save us, that is, to obtain the forgiveness of our sins and restore us the grace and friendship with God, expressing his love and showing the malice of sin.

  A. Choose one of these options and answer: love, hate, indifference, John, James, Jude, two, three, four, tomb, Cenacle or Tabor.

 With the passion and death, Jesus shows us his

 Who was the betrayer Apostle?

 How many hours he was suffering on the cross?

 After his death, he was placed in a

  Main Ideas

1. Jesus Christ is the Savior

    After the sin of our first parents, Adam and Eve, man needed to be redeemed. God, in his infinite love, sent his Son to save us from our sins. Jesus Christ is the Son of God made man, who has saved us. He is the only Savior, the Redeemer of man.

2. Jesus offered a sacrifice of infinite value

    In the holy Scripture, there is a moving scene: God asks Abraham to sacrifice or kill his only son. Abraham obeys and takes Isaac with a bundle, climbing a mountain to sacrifice him. But once tested Abraham's faith, God did not permit his killing. (Gen. 22.1- 13).

    The sacrifice of Isaac is a symbol of the Passion of Christ, with the difference that God did not forgive his own Son and he died for us. Jesus accepted the Father's will for charity and obedience. He suffered so much in order to demonstrate how much he loved us and make us understand the seriousness of sin.

3. Jesus Christ, priest, made sacrifices

    In the Old Testament, the priests were responsible for offering sacrifices to God; these sacrifices were offered by all the people: sometimes fruits of the earth(wheat, wine, etc.), and other times animals.

    Jesus, Eternal Priest, offered no earthly fruits or animals, but himself. This is the greatest sacrifice in the world, because it is the sacrifice of the Son of God made man. Jesus Christ is the sacrificed Priest who offered himself on the cross.

  B. There are 5 true sentences and 3 false sentences. Click on the numbers of the true ones:

 Only Adam and Eve needed to be redeemed

 Jesus, Son of God made man is the Redeemer

 Abraham sacrificed his son Isaac

 God did not forgive his own Son, and he died for us

 Everything that made Jesus Christ had an infinite value

 He suffered so much in order to show us his love

 The sacrifice of Jesus is like those of the Old Testament.

 Jesus Christ on the cross is Priest and Victim

4. Why did Jesus offer himself on the cross?

    Jesus Christ offered on the cross for four reasons:

    a) To give glory to God, his Father. The purpose of man is to glorify God. Jesus Christ, representing all men, glorified God infinitely with his passion and death.

    b) To give thanks. With his passion and death, Jesus gave thanks to God on behalf of all men.

    c) To repair the offense of sin. Men became slaves to sin and they could not be free; they had the stained soul and could not clean it. By his sacrifice, Jesus Christ broke the chains of sin: his blood cleansed the stain of sins produces in the soul. He gave His life for us so that we can live the life of grace.

    d) To ask God for what we need. Jesus Christ, offering the sacrifice of his life, makes that God the Father always hears what we ask in his name. So Christ said: "my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name... Ask and you will receive" (John 16, 23 -24).

5. The cross in the Christian life

    The Gospel teaches us that the disciple of Christ must carry the cross: "Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple” (Luke 14, 27). Jesus carried the Cross on his back to give us an example and teach us to love the sacrifice. We have to love things that are hard, offering them to Jesus.

    The cross is present not only in temples, but in many other places; It is the symbol of the Christians, that remembers the passion and death of the Lord.

Catechesis Course. Mister Jaime Pujol Balcells and Mister Jesús Sancho Bielsa. EUNSA. Navarra. 1982. With the author's permission.

  C. There are 6 true sentences and 2 false sentences. Click the true ones

 Jesus offered himself on the cross to give glory to God

 He gave thanks on behalf of all men

 He corrected only the offense of the sin of Adam and Eve

 Sinful man could not be free

 He suffered to ask God for what we need

 All that we ask is in Jesus' name

 The Christian no longer has to carry the cross

 We must seek and love things that are hard and offer them with love

  Catechism's Questions

1. What did Christ redeem us?  Christ redeemed us from our sins, absolving us from eternal damnation.

2. How did Christ redeem us?  Jesus Christ redeemed us by offering the sacrifice of his life on the cross.

3. Why Did Jesus want to suffer?  Jesus wanto to suffer to show us his love and the malice of sin.

4. For whom Christ suffered and died?  Jesus Christ suffered and died for all men.

  D. Select the button for the correct answer. The possible answers are below 



 What did Jesus Christ redeem us?

 How did Jesus Christ redeem us?

 Why Did Jesus want to suffer so much?

 For whom Christ suffered and died?

 A  From our sins, absolving us from eternal damnation.
 B  To show his love and the malice of sin
 C  Offering the sacrifice of his life on the cross.
 D  For all men.

  Purposes of Christian life

- Seeing a cross or crucifix, we must thank Jesus to save us.

- Meditate the fourteen Stations of the Cross (they are in the section "Prayers and practices of the Christian life").

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