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Explain what Christians believe about the death of Jesus.

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Explain what Christians believe about the death of Jesus. The death of Jesus is very important to Christians. It is central to the New Testament - without it there would be no gospel. Christians believe that the death of Jesus was important but would have little or no meaning without the resurrection. Without the resurrection, Jesus would just be a good man. The resurrection shows his divinity. "Jesus' Resurrection glorifies the name of the Saviour God, for from that time on it is the name of Jesus that fully manifests the supreme power of the "name which is above every name"." - Catechism of the Catholic Church. The death of Jesus was atonement. He made a vicarious sacrifice for us. He suffered and died on the cross to pay for the sins we made. ...read more.

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"Father, if you will, take this cup of suffering away from me - not my will, however, but yours be done." (Luke 22:42) Jesus' humanity is shown here. "My soul is sorrowful to the point of death." (Mark 14:34) The resurrection shows us that eternal life is possible. It shows us that death is not the end of life - it is the beginning of eternal life. It gives Christians hope and we let it make them stronger in the face of trouble or suffering - just as Jesus was strong when he had to face his own suffering. Jesus' death was an example of an injustice. "The chief priests and the Sanhedrin were looking for evidence, however false against Jesus on which they might pass the death sentence." (Matthew 26: 59) Jesus' trial was very unfair. ...read more.

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When Jesus died on the cross, the curtain in the temple was torn in two. This curtain separated God from ordinary people. Only the high priest was allowed access. We believe that by dying for us, Jesus broke the barrier, which separated God and his people. "The curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom." (Mark 15:38) The tearing of the curtain showed that God was there for everyone - God was reunited with us. Jesus died to bring about a new agreement between God and his people. This agreement was called a covenant. This covenant involved people acting in a loving way. The ten commandments is an example of a covenant, but unlike the Ten Commandments the new covenant is written on peoples' hearts and not tablets of stone. "...This is the cup of my blood, the blood of the new and everlasting covenant. It will be shed for you and for all so that sins will be forgiven." ...read more.

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