Jesus’ Passion, Death and Harrowing in Hell

Jesus' Passion, Death and Harrowing in Hell

Jesus said in the Book, “Jesus Christ Narrates His Passion” translated by Fr. Adolf Faroni, SDB, based on a private revelation to Sister Beghe: “Look at My Face which bleeds! What do I wish to tell you? I really have to tell you something! Do you still listen to Me? Will you have pity on Me if you see Me bleeding so? I suffer for you!”

St. Paul said, “He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” (2 Cor 5:21)

In the biblical account of Christ’s passion and death, on the night He was betrayed, on the first Maundy Thursday, Jesus wept and prayed and sweat fell to the ground like drops of blood, so much was His anguish and agony. When arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane, His hands, feet and neck were put in chains like a criminal. Before the council of the Sanhedrin, the High Priest, Herod, and Pilate, Jesus was beaten and spat on the face. Through the grueling bodily torture and humiliation, Jesus stayed meek and silent before His torturers. His flesh was flayed when He was scourged at the pillar at Pilate’s command, and there He lay on the pool of His own blood. The Roman soldiers made a crown of thorns and placed it on His head. They dressed Him in purple robe and mocked Him. When He was sentenced to die on the cross, Jesus embraced the cross. Along the way of the cross, He was whipped repeatedly beneath the crushing weight of the cross. Jesus staggered and fell several times. On top of Mt. Golgotha, Jesus was made to lie on the cross with hands outstretched and there the Roman soldiers drove three long, blunt nails into His hands and feet.

Through the jeers of the crowd, the coldness of His impending death, and the agony of His Spirit, Jesus cried in a loud voice, “ELI, ELI, LAMA SABACHTHANI?” which means, “MY GOD, MY GOD, WHY HAVE YOU FORSAKEN ME?” (Mt. 27:46) Before Jesus breathed His last, He gave a loud cry and said, “FATHER, INTO YOUR HANDS, I COMMEND MY SPIRIT.” (Lk 23:46)

The Apostles’ Creed says that Jesus descended to the dead. The “abode of the dead” where Jesus descended after His death is called “Hell”, (“Sheol” in Hebrew, and “Hades” in Greek). Those who are there are deprived of the vision of God, whether evil or righteous, while the latter await the Redeemer. (Cf. Catechism of the Catholic Church, No. 633)

In that Descent into Hell was the most harrowing torture of Jesus Christ, according to the book “Jesus Christ Narrates His Passion.” The Uncreated Spirit of Christ and the Created Soul of Christ cleaved together, as everything is attracted towards the Spirit of God. St. Paul spoke of a spirit, soul and body being distinct from one another. (Cf. Heb 4:12, 1 Thes. 5:23) But Jesus had to separate His Soul from His Spirit to go to Hell in order to redeem the souls of the just awaiting His redemption there.

As Jesus suffered in His mortal Body during His passion on earth, in the same breath, He suffered the tortures of Hell in His Soul. It was an Immolation of His Body, Soul and Spirit to the Father as the Atoning Victim for the sins of humanity. In that Descent into Hell, the souls of the just were saved and the souls of the “lukewarm” who are not in a state of rebellion or hatred against God, but are simply poor souls without will or who do not have a taste for anything, awakened from their sleep and were touched by the Light of Christ that henceforth, they all looked forward to the Hope of Christ’s salvation.

The book “Jesus Christ Narrates His Passion” bears the seal of imprimatur and nihil obstat required by the Catholic Church, which means that the book contains nothing objectionable to the teachings of the Catholic Church. A private revelation, however, does not add to the totality of the public revelation made by Jesus Christ as recorded in the Bible and as contained in the Traditions. A private revelation can only increase private devotion. Be it public or private, the Spirit of Jesus desires to awaken in us an unwavering faith and love for Him, the Father and His Church. Jesus said in the Diary of St. Faustina, “If My death has not convinced you of My love, what will?”


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