In this 6th Grade lesson, we study the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ.
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The Nativity by Willem Benson
There are four reasons the Catechism gives for the Incarnation of Jesus:
1. Reconcile man and God.
2. To show us God’s love.
3. To be our model of holiness.
4. So that we can share the divinity of Jesus, becoming children of God.
In the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve sinned by wanting to be like God. As a result, every human born after that moment shared in Original Sin. Humanity was flawed, and every sin that we committed was leading us farther and farther away from God. We had forgotten what it means to be truly human. Since man had sinned and had been kicked out of Paradise, it was up to us to find a way back in. However, since God was the one who locked the gate, it was up to Him to let us back in. There was only one possible way for this to work out: someone who was both man and God had to fix the problem. This is how Jesus reconciled man and God: He became both so that He could open the gates of Heaven.
The greatest gift that God could give us, to show us His love, was Himself. By sending Jesus to die for us, God showed us His great love. He didn’t choose to be born in circumstances that would have been more appropriate for the King of Heaven. His love for us was so great that He was born like the vast majority of people, in poverty. His parents traveled to Bethlehem out of obedience to man’s laws and had to take shelter for the night in the stable where they kept their donkey. In a stinky, dusty, cold stable, Our Lord entered the world. That is love.
Jesus showed us what it meant to be human by living a perfect life. He showed us by example what it meant to be holy. He lived a whole human life. He could have just appeared on earth fully grown and fulfilled His mission. Instead, He started just like the rest of us — a single cell in the womb of our mother. Can you imagine? The Creator of the Universe was contained within a solitary cell inside of a human being. When He was born, He couldn’t talk, walk, or eat on His own. This is the essence of the mystery and glory of the Incarnation: the eternal Word of God became a speechless baby. He had to rely totally on others just to survive. We must enter into this type of humility and depend on God just as God depended on Mary and Joseph if we ever wish to become saints!
He came to bring us to Heaven, and to share His Father with us. He gave us the Sacraments, the first of which is Baptism, which allows us to become children of God. N... Please purchase this lesson to continue learning.
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