The Passion of Christ
In proper sequence we have now to consider all that relates to Christ's leaving the world. In the first place, His Passion; secondly, His death; thirdly, His burial; and, fourthly, His descent into hell.With regard to the Passion, there arises a threefold consideration:
- The Passion itself;
- the efficient cause of the Passion;
- the fruits of the Passion.
Under the first heading there are twelve points of inquiry:
- Whether it was necessary for Christ to suffer for men's deliverance?
- Whether there was any other possible means of delivering men?
- Whether this was the more suitable means?
- Whether it was fitting for Christ to suffer on the cross?
- The extent of His sufferings;
- Whether the pain which He endured was the greatest?
- Whether His entire soul suffered?
- Whether His Passion hindered the joy of fruition?
- The time of the Passion;
- The place;
- Whether it was fitting for Him to be crucified with robbers?
- Whether Christ's Passion is to be attributed to the Godhead?