Heidelberg Catechism

Lord's Day 15

  • Q. 37.  What dost thou understand by the words, “He suffered”?
    A.  That He, all the time that He lived on earth, but especially at the end of His life, sustained in body and soul the wrath of God against the sins of all mankind;1 that so by His passion, as the only propitiatory sacrifice,2 He might redeem our body and soul from everlasting damnation, and obtain for us the favor of God, righteousness and eternal life.

  • Q. 38.  Why did He suffer under Pontius Pilate as judge?
    A.  That He, being innocent, and yet condemned by a temporal judge,3 might thereby free us from the severe judgment of God to which we were exposed.4

  • Q. 39.  Is there anything more in His being crucified than if He had died some other death?
    A.  Yes [there is]; for thereby I am assured that He took on Him the curse which lay upon me; for the death of the cross was accursed of God.5

  1. 1 Pet. 2:24. Isa. 53:12.

  2. 1 John 2:2. Rom. 3:25.

  3. Luke 23:14. John 19:4. Psa. 69:4.

  4. Gal. 3:13, 14.

  5. Deut. 21:23. Gal. 3:13.

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