What are the “seven last words” of Jesus as recorded in the Gospels?

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The “seven last words” of Jesus as recorded in the Gospels are: 1. “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:34). 2. To a thief who had been crucified with him and who asked for mercy, He said, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise” (Luke 23:43). 3. To His …

How did Jesus die?

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Jesus died by crucifixion. Having been nailed to the Cross for about three hours, He bowed His head and gave up His spirit (cf. John 19:30). Thus, the Son of God died for us sinners. St. Paul wrote, “Why, one will hardly die for a righteous man—though perhaps for a good man one will dare even to die. But God …

What effects did the Passion of Jesus have?

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The Passion of Jesus has eternal effects. His suffering saved us from sin and all its consequences, and we have received every grace and gift leading to eternal life. This liberation won for us by Jesus in His Passion has effects even in this world. Redemption is not only in the soul’s inner life of love and grace. Men freed …

What was Christ’s mission on earth?

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Christ’s mission on earth, given to Him by His Father, was to save us from the horrors of Hell, and to bring us to the joys of eternal life in the Kingdom of Heaven. He did this through His suffering and dying on the Cross. We can also say that the Son of God became man to save us from …

In what sense do we speak of the necessity of the Passion and Death of Jesus?

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We speak of the necessity of the Passion and Death of Jesus in the sense that it was God’s will that man’s redemption be achieved in this particular manner. The Passion of our Lord was not something which absolutely had to be. Our redemption could have been obtained in a variety of other ways had God so desired it.

Did Jesus Himself declare that He had to suffer?

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Yes, Jesus stated that it was necessary for Him to suffer in order to bring us eternal life. Thus, He said, “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life” (John 3:14-15). After His Resurrection, Jesus said, “Was it not necessary …

What did Jesus suffer upon the Cross?

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Jesus suffered inexpressible physical and spiritual agony upon the Cross. Crucifixion was such a horrible instrument of death that the Roman authorities would not use it on their own citizens. Added to this torment was that indescribable pain of rejected love. He was rejected not only by those in Palestine, but also by all those who prefer sinful life-styles to …

Is Jesus Christ true man?

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Jesus, the Son of God, became a real man, having real flesh, a human body and soul. Jesus is a man just as we are, with the exception of sin. Jesus felt the joys and sorrows and the pleasures and pains that we feel as human beings. As a man, Jesus had a human mind, a human will, and a …

In what ways did Jesus show His concern for us?

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Jesus showed His divine concern for us by means of His human nature. In His humanity we see God’s love for man. We cannot see God, but since God sent His divine Son to live among us and to save us by His Death on the Cross, we can see how much God really loves us. During Jesus’ public ministry, …

Why did Jesus Christ become man?

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The Son of God became man in order to be our Savior and Redeemer. God the Father sent His Son to free man from the power of Satan and to make peace between God and man. To do this Jesus became man, to preach His truth about the Kingdom of His Father. Jesus continued preaching even though the religious leaders …