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Catechism of the Catholic Church

"He died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures"

601 The Scriptures had foretold this divine plan of salvation through the putting to death of "the righteous one, my Servant" as a mystery of universal redemption, that is, as the ransom that would free men from the slavery of sin. 397 Citing a confession of faith that he himself had "received", St. Paul professes that "Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures." 398 In particular Jesus' redemptive death fulfils Isaiah's prophecy of the suffering Servant. 399 Indeed Jesus himself explained the meaning of his life and death in the light of God's suffering Servant. 400 After his Resurrection he gave this interpretation of the Scriptures to the disciples at Emmaus, and then to the apostles. 401


397 Isa 53:11; cf. 53:12; Jn 8:34-36; Acts 3:14.

398 1 Cor 15:3; cf. also Acts 3:18; 7:52; 13:29; 26:22-23.

399 Cf. Isa 53:7-8 and Acts 8:32-35.

400 Cf. Mt 20:28.

401 Cf. Lk 24:25-27, 44-45.

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