The Earthly Sufferings of Jesus Christ
Confession: Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 15, QA 37-39
Scripture: Hebrews 5:7-10
Preacher: Rev. Gary Findley
- Their Great Endurance
- Their Growing Expectation
- Their Generous Emancipation
The Heidelberg Catechism:
Lord’s Day 15
Q.37 What do you understand by the word “suffered”?
A. That during his whole life on earth, but especially at the end, Christ sustained in body and soul the wrath of God against the sin of the whole human race. This he did in order that, by his suffering as the only atoning sacrifice, he might deliver us, body and soul, from eternal condemnation, and gain for us God’s grace, righteousness, and eternal life.
Q.38 Why did he suffer “under Pontius Pilate” as judge?
A. So that he, though innocent, might be condemned by an earthly judge, and so free us from the severe judgment of God that was to fall on us.
Q.39 Is it significant that he was “crucified” instead of dying some other way?
A. Yes. By this death I am convinced that he shouldered the curse which lay on me, since death by crucifixion was cursed by God.
Hebrews 5:7-10 (King James Version)
7 Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared; 8 Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; 9 And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him; 10 Called of God an high priest after the order of Melchisedec.
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