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The Profession of Faith

157

us.

411

The Church, following the apostles, teaches that Christ died for

all men without exception: “There is not, never has been, and never

will be a single human being for whom Christ did not suffer.”

412

III.

C

hrist

O

ffered

H

imself

to

H

is

F

ather

for

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ins

Christ’s whole life is an offering to the Father

606

The Son of God, who came down “from heaven, not to do

[his] own will, but the will of him who sent [him],”

413

said on

coming into the world, “Lo, I have come to do your will, O God.”

“And by that will we have been sanctified through the offering of

the body of Jesus Christ once for all.”

414

From the first moment of

his Incarnation the Son embraces the Father’s plan of divine salva­

tion in his redemptive mission: “My food is to do the will of him

who sent me, and to accomplish his work.”

415

The sacrifice of Jesus

“for the sins of the whole world”

416

expresses his loving commun­

ion with the Father. “The Father loves me, because I lay down my

life,” said the Lord, “[for] I do as the Father has commanded me,

so that the world may know that I love the Father.”

417

607

The desire to embrace his Father’s plan of redeeming love

inspired Jesus’ whole life,

418

for his redemptive passion was the

very reason for his Incarnation. And so he asked, “And what shall

I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, for this purpose I have

come to this hour.”

419

And again, “Shall I not drink the cup which

the Father has given me?”

420

From the cross, just before “It is

finished,” he said, “I thirst.”

421

“The Lamb who takes away the sin of the world”

608

After agreeing to baptize him along with the sinners, John

the Baptist looked at Jesus and pointed him out as the “Lamb of

God, who takes away the sin of the world.”

422

By doing so, he

411

Mt

20:28; cf.

Rom

5:18-19.

412 Council of Quiercy (853): DS 624; cf.

2 Cor

5:15;

1 Jn

2:2.

413

Jn

6:38.

414

Heb

10:5-10.

415

Jn

4:34.

416

1 Jn

2:2.

417

Jn

10:17; 14:31.

418 Cf.

Lk

12:50; 22:15;

Mt

16:21-23.

419

Jn

12:27.

420

Jn

18:11.

421

Jn

19:30; 19:28.

422

Jn

1:29; cf.

Lk

3:21;

Mt

3:14-15;

Jn

1:36.

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517

536

457

523