623 By his loving obedience to the Father, ‘unto death, even death on a cross’
(Phil 2:8), Jesus fulfils the atoning mission (cf. Is 53:10) of the suffering Servant, who will ‘make many righteous; and he shall bear their iniquities’ (Is 53:11; cf RomS:19).

Paragraph 3. Jesus Christ Was Buried

624 ‘By the grace of God’ Jesus tasted death ‘for every one’.459 In his plan of salvation, God ordained that his Son should not only


‘die for our sins’~6° but should also ‘taste death’, experience the


condition of death, the separation of his soul from his body,

between the time he expired on the cross and the time he was raised from the dead. The state of the dead Christ is the mystery of the tomb and the descent into hell. It is the mystery of Holy Saturday, when Christ, lying in the tomb,~6’ reveals God’s great


sabbath rest462 after the fulfilment~6~ of man’s salvation, which

brings peace to the whole universe.~6~
Christ in the tomb in his body

625 Christ’s stay in the tomb constitutes the real link between his passible state before Easter and his glorious and risen state today. The same person of the ‘Living One’ can say, ‘I died, and behold I am alive for evermore’ :465 God [the Soni did not impede death from separating his soul from his body according to the necessary order of nature, but has reunited them to one another in the Resurrection, so that he hi mself might be, in his person, the meeting pointfor death and l~~fe, by arresting inhimselfthe decomposition of nature produced by death and so becoming the source of reunion for the separated parts.~66 626 Since the ‘Author of life’ who was killed~6~ is the same ‘living one [who has] risen’,~68 the divine person of the Son of God

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necessarily continued to possess his human soul and body, separ

ated from each other by death: By the fact that at Christ’s death his soul was separated from his flesh, his one person is not itself divided into two persons; for the human body and soul of Christ have existed in the same way from the beginning of his earthly existence, in the divine person of the Word; and in death,