Jesus Christ: Source of Our Salvation (Second Edition)

Chapter 5: Why Did Jesus Have to Die the Way He Did?


Why Did Jesus Have to Die the Way He Did?

Film Focus: This video, by Bishop Robert Barron, explores how Jesus came as an infant into enemy territory, how he was denied and betrayed by those around him, and how he was triumphant in the end.

Text Focus: Pages 162-164

Discussion Questions:

  1. Bishop Barron uses the image of the baby Jesus being “snuck” behind enemy lines. How is this significant for our salvation?
  2. Jesus’ divinity awakened opposition from the sinful nature of man on this earth. What forms of resistance and denial did Jesus encounter as a result of this opposition?
  3. Why is it significant that Jesus really died upon the cross?
  4. What happens to all the sin of the world in the face of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross? Why?

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