The Mysteries of Christ's Life
Through teaching, especially parables, Jesus proclaims the poor and lowly to be an important part of this kingdom, he calls us to forgiveness and love, speaks of the Father’s mercy and increasingly identifies himself with God...
Date: 02 Feb 2020
Jesus comes to save us from the consequences of that disastrous first sin which destroyed our friendship with God, with each other and with creation. We use the words ‘redeemer’, we are in hock to sin, Jesus redeems us, he pays the price, ‘atonement’ Jesus makes us one with God, ‘justification’, Jesus is the sacrifice, the price, which satisfies the demand of Justice.
Every aspect of Jesus’ earthly life reveals the loving mercy of God the Father and Jesus’ mission to save us. Jesus can redeem us, he can pay the price, he can make amends, he can repair what is broken because he is God and he can do this on our behalf because he is man.
For example at his baptism Jesus is revealed by the Holy Spirit and the voice of God the Father to be the Messiah and at the same time he allows himself to be identified with sinners by receiving Baptism.
In a garden the first Adam gave in to the devil’s temptation, in the desert on our behalf, the new Adam, Jesus, resists the Devil’s temptations and points to the final victory of the Cross.
His healing of the sick, casting out of devils, teaching about forgiveness reveals that he has come to mend creation, destroy sin and restore friendship with God.
Gathering followers around him Jesus establishes the Church; that community which is the beginning of the kingdom of God on earth. A kingdom of love where God’s will is done. All are called to this Kingdom. Through teaching, especially parables, Jesus proclaims the poor and lowly to be an important part of this kingdom, he calls us to forgiveness and love, speaks of the Father’s mercy and increasingly identifies himself with God. Jesus, forgives sins, he raises the dead he claims that the law and the Old Testament prophets point to him. And this begins to anger many.
From his followers, his disciples, he chooses twelve apostles, giving them the authority to share in his mission and in a particular way Jesus entrusts a unique mission of unity, strength and authority to Peter. With Peter the apostles are entrusted with the task of proclaiming the Gospel and governing the Church.
At the Transfiguration on the mountain, a moment when the Glory of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit is revealed to some of the Apostles, Jesus also makes clear what he has been constantly leading up to, the Son of Man must give up his life if our salvation is to be accomplished.
Next week we consider how the death of Jesus is necessary for our salvation.