The coverage is extensive and multiply confirmed:
Yet even today, two millennia after the event which transformed all of existence both natural and supernatural, men ask what He meant by that.
Perhaps it’s simpler than we think. Perhaps it means only that, as He told His Apostles at the Last Supper, He died for the remission of our sins…and that part of His mission among men was over at last.
And whilst they were at supper, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and broke: and gave to his disciples, and said: Take ye, and eat. This is my body.
And taking the chalice, he gave thanks, and gave to them, saying: Drink ye all of this. For this is my blood of the new testament, which shall be shed for many unto remission of sins.
And I say to you, I will not drink from henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I shall drink it with you new in the kingdom of my Father.
[Matthew 26:26-29, Douay-Rheims translation]
Perhaps the simplicity of it is essentially protective: an indirect prohibition against suicide. For if you believe in Him and accept His commandments, you will share in His Resurrection to eternal bliss.
WAIT! Don’t kill yourself.
You see, there’s still work to be done here on Earth. Some of that work is yours.
Today, Holy Saturday, is a day of vigil. Of the Easter Triduum, it’s the least discussed or appreciated. Yet it was as important as the Crucifixion and the Resurrection. Though His mortal body lay motionless in a tomb hewn from the rock of Judea, He did not lie idle. Neither should we.
Watch, work…and hope.
What can wash away my sins ? Nothing but the blood of Jesus ! Because I am a simple man I have no trouble believing this . Lynard Skynard had it right .