In proper sequence we have now to consider all that relates to Christ's leaving the world.
In the first place, His Passion; secondly, His death; thirdly, His burial; and, fourthly, His descent into hell.
With regard to the Passion, there arises a threefold consideration: (1) The Passion itself; (2) the efficient cause of the Passion; (3) the fruits of the Passion.
Under the first heading there are twelve points of inquiry:
A Whether it was necessary for Christ to suffer for men's deliverance?
A Whether there was any other possible means of delivering men?
A Whether this was the more suitable means?
A Whether it was fitting for Christ to suffer on the cross?
A The extent of His sufferings;
A Whether the pain which He endured was the greatest?
A Whether His entire soul suffered?
A Whether His Passion hindered the joy of fruition?
A The time of the Passion;
A The place;
A Whether it was fitting for Him to be crucified with robbers?
A Whether Christ's Passion is to be attributed to the Godhead?