In this 4th Grade lesson, we examine the Creed on Jesus seated at God's right hand and Judgment. We will learn the significance of the word "right" as the Jews of Jesus' time would understand it, which helps us reflect on Jesus' saving power. We will also learn about what happens to us when we die.
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After Jesus ascended into Heaven not much about Him changed. Jesus was always God the Son. He never stopped being part of the Holy Trinity. He never stopped working as One with the Father and the Holy Spirit. The only thing that changed about Jesus was His body. It became glorified, or perfect. Our bodies will do the same thing when we go to Heaven.
Because Jesus took on a human nature and became man, His work in Heaven is still about caring for human nature.
He does this in two ways:
Is seated at the right hand of the Father Almighty.
In the Old Testament, the word “right” is a code word. It means “strength” and “favorite.” Earthly kings often sat people they really liked on the right side of the throne. It showed everyone else that the King thought very well of this person.
The phrase “right hand” meant God’s strength. God was at the “right hand” of men like Joshua, Gideon, and David whenever they went into battle.
Sometimes “right” was used in one of the same ways we use it today. It meant “correct,” or “not wrong.”
When Jesus sits at the Father’s right hand, this tells us three things. One, that Jesus is the Father’s favorite Son. We know this is true after learning how the Father and the Son act with each other in the Holy Trinity: eternally giving and receiving love. Two, it repeats the lesson of the Resurrection: Jesus has power over life and death. Third, it is another way of telling one of God’s Truths. The Truth is that if we want to see the Father in Heaven, Jesus is the “right” way to go.
He will come to judge the living and the dead.
When we die, we go before Jesus. He looks at our soul and shows us what He sees. At that moment we know where we will go next. This is called the particular judgment. We call it this because only we know where we are going to go.
There are three places we can go when we die. If we die in a state of grace, with no sin on our soul, we go to Heaven. Jesus invites us in to live happily in the Beatific Vision.
If we die with sins on our soul, and are not sorry for those sins, we will go to Hell. There are many chances to go to Confession and ask God to forgive our sins when we are alive in the world. There are no more chances to say you are sorry after you die. A person that dies without being sorry for their sins will see their soul as Jesus sees it. That person will be very sad ... Please purchase this lesson to continue learning.
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