In this 8th Grade lesson, we examine the Creed on Jesus Christ. In response to the Jewish rejection of Christ as the Messiah, we will explore the evidence for Jesus' Messianic role. We will also come to a deeper understanding of Christ's two natures and the necessity of both in God's plan of salvation.
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When the Jewish people anointed a new king with oil, the king became known as the Messiah, or anointed one. The Greek word for “anointed one” is Christ.
The last Old Testament king was Solomon. After his death Israel broke apart into two kingdoms. According to Jewish tradition, there was supposed to be one more Messiah; an anointed king who would reunite the divided kingdoms of Israel. When Jesus became known as the Messiah, or Christ, the Jewish people understood Him to be this special king.
Because Jesus did not reunite the kingdoms of Israel, or defeat their enemies, many Jewish people didn’t believe that Jesus was truly the Christ. They did not understand who Jesus really was.
His Only Son
Jesus is God. As one of the three Persons of the Blessed Trinity, Jesus is known as the Son. As God the Son, Jesus has no beginning and no end. He actively participated in the creation of the world, and the creation of everything in it. God the Son shares the same perfections as God the Father: perfect knowledge, perfect power, and perfect purity.
As God, Jesus is called the Son because of His relationship to God the Father. Because God is eternal, there is no moment when God the Father created God the Son. God the Father eternally gives to God the Son. This eternal giving is called begetting. God the Son eternally receives from God the Father. This eternal receiving is called being begotten.
Jesus is man. He had the same physical attributes as we. His body required food and water. He needed rest. He also had the same intellectual and emotional abilities as we. He felt things like anger, sadness, and joy. He “grew in wisdom.”
There is only one quality that Jesus did not share with the rest of mankind. Jesus was without sin. His human nature was perfect.
The Last Communion of St. Joseph Calasanz
by Francisco Goya (1819)
Jesus was both God and Man
The mystery of how Jesus Christ was both fully God and fully man is explained by the Hypostatic Union. The Hypostatic Union is the joining of a human nature to the Divine Person of God the Son. What does this mean?
The Divine Person
A person is an individual substance of a rational nature. This substance is unique; there is nothing else like it in existence. Neither can this substance change. If the substance changes, then the person would become a different person.
This substance is also capable of logical thinking. Think about yourself: there is no other &l... Please purchase this lesson to continue learning.
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