In this 4th Grade lesson, we examine the Creed on Jesus Christ. We will learn how Jesus is both God and man, and why this teaching is important for our faith.
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When we pray the Apostle’s Creed, it is important to do more than repeat the words. Thinking about what you are praying allows the Holy Spirit to help you understand better the Truths of the Faith that are in the Creed.
Let’s take a closer look at the second line of the Creed: “Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord.”
Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord
Jesus is the second Person of the Blessed Trinity. Scripture tells us this and the Tradition of the Catholic Church teaches us what it means. Many people in the early Church had a hard time believing that God and man could be One, so they said things about Jesus that were wrong. Over time, the Church corrected these errors.
First, the Church teaches that Jesus is God. As part of the Blessed Trinity, He is called the Son. Remember in Genesis when God spoke about creating man? We saw the words, “us” and “our.” We know that God the Father was speaking. God the Son is one of the “us” He was speaking to. This means Jesus, as the second Person of the Blessed Trinity, also created the world, and us! Because He is God, Jesus, as the Son, has no beginning and no end. He is eternal.
Second, the Church teaches that Jesus is man. Jesus, as a man, did almost everything we do. There is only one difference between Jesus as a man and us: Jesus did not sin. Jesus had a human nature because of the Incarnation. The Incarnation is God the Son coming into the world with a human nature. Because Jesus was born into the world as a little baby, it’s easy to imagine God shrinking Himself to fit into a tiny baby’s body. This is not what actually happened. Instead of God fitting into our nature, it is our nature that was brought into God!
Finally, the Church teaches that Jesus is both God and man. Not half God and half man, but all God and all man. All the time! Jesus did not switch between God and man, and He did not shrink His humanness to make more room for His Divinity when He performed miracles.
Sermon on the Mount
It is important that Jesus had a fully human nature. Imagine the Last Supper, when Jesus breaks bread and says, “Take, eat; this is my body.” How confused would the Apostles be if Jesus gave them a body He did not have! And how empty the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass would be for us!
Because He is both God and man, Jesus’ human nature is free from sin. This is why we call Jesus Christ “our Lord.” By freeing human ... Please purchase this lesson to continue learning.
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