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The Crucifixion of Christ
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THE CRUCIFIXION OF CHRIST

The Crucifixion I would like to start by asking you two questions. One: Can you can give an accurate definition of the phrase: "Lamb of God"? We all know that this is one of the names used for Jesus, like Messiah, Savior, Son of Man, or Christ. But exactly what is the importance of the name "Lamb of God"? And why is it important to me as a Catholic? The second question I would like to ask you is: Why the Catholic Church would offer The Holy Eucharist every day at every Mass throughout the world in over 3000 languages. What knowledge do they have that would make them feel compelled to do this for thousands of years? In answering this question, we'll see why the Catechism of the Catholic Church states that "The Eucharist is the source and summit of the Christian life.'" (CC 1324)

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THE CRUCIFIXION OF CHRIST

THE CRUCIFIXION

From this point, I will quote mostly from the Gospel of John. The reason I'm going to follow this book so closely, is because Bible scholars will tell you that John stays at the foot of the cross. He records as an eyewitness, that only Mary, Jesus' mother, John, the disciple whom Jesus loved, Mary of Cleopus, and Mary Magdalene, stay at the foot of the cross. The other disciples were scattered; they were scared. They were probably watching from a distance. We all know what Peter was doing around this time. He was upset. He had just denied Jesus. The other disciples were not at the foot of the cross, but John stays at the foot of the cross. So John records in a little more detail the words that Jesus said. Matthew, Mark and Luke have also recorded this, but the authors probably weren't present with Jesus on the cross. They may have gotten the information from other people's testimonies. Now, I'm not saying that what they recorded is wrong, but more detail of what Jesus said on the cross is found in the book of John. The synoptic Gospels don't contradict John's gospel, they just don't have as much detail in them.

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