In this 4th Grade lesson, we examine the Creed on Jesus' Death and Descent to the Dead. Jesus' work of salvation did not end on the Cross. We will learn about what Jesus continued to do for us during the three days before He rose from the dead.
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Christ in Limbo, Fra Angelico (1441-1442)
After Jesus died on the Cross, His body was buried in a Tomb. While His body rested in the Tomb, Jesus’ soul went down into Hell.
Hell is like a tall building. There are many floors. The top floor of Hell is very close to the Earth. This floor is called Limbo. When we say that Jesus went into Hell, we are talking about Limbo. The good people from the Old Testament were in Limbo, waiting for Jesus to open Heaven for them. Jesus went into Hell for them first because they were waiting for Him a very long time.
When Jesus was done in Hell His soul went back to His body. This is the Resurrection. Jesus’ body did not stay in the Tomb because it was with His soul. The Resurrection happened three days after Jesus died. The day was Sunday. This is why we celebrate Easter on Sunday. This is also why Sunday Mass is a holy obligation.
No one saw Jesus rise from the Tomb. A woman named Mary Magdalene went to pray at Jesus’ Tomb and found it open. An Angel appeared to her. The guards at the Tomb were so scared that they fainted. Mary was afraid, but talked with the Angel. The Angel told her that Jesus was not in the Tomb, but rose from the dead. Mary ran to tell the Apostle Peter what the Angel told her.
Peter was the first person to look in the Tomb. He did not see Jesus’ body. All that was inside was the cloth that His body was wrapped in. He ran and told the other Apostles what he saw. The Apostles were scared, but they started remembering what Jesus had taught them. While they were all together, Jesus came to them. The Apostles were very surprised! To prove that He was not a ghost Jesus ate a fish. The Apostles were happy to see Jesus again, but they had many questions. Jesus helped them understand what He told them before His death.
Jesus stayed with the Apostles for 40 days. He taught them and gave them a job. The Apostles had to go baptize everyone and teach them about God. At the end of the 40 days Jesus told them to wait for the Holy Spirit before starting their job. Then He took His body and soul up to Heaven. This is called the Ascension.
The Ascension of Jesus is different than the Assumption of His Blessed Mother. Jesus used His own power to bring His body and soul into Heaven. Mary did not have the power to do this herself. God did this for her.
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