Jesus Christ: Saviour, Servant Messiah, the law of lovePresentation Transcript
JESUS CHRIST Saviour Servant Messiah
The only person ever pre-announced• Lots of people claimed to have come from God.• Only one man was pre-announced. – In the Old Testament – The Roman poets – The Chinese – The Greeks
BC | AD
Every other person who ever came intothis world came into it to live.He came into it to die. –Fulton Sheen
Why did God become man?• To save us from eternal separation from God.• That we might now how much God loves us.• To show us how to be holy.• To allow us to partake in the divine natureSee what love the Father has given us, that weshould be called children of God; and so we are. 1 John 3:1
What’s in a name? Yeshua Iēsoûs God saves Jesus
• Born of a woman, He was a man and could be one with all humanity; born of a Virgin, who was overshadowed by the Spirit and "full of grace," He would also be outside that current of sin which infected all men.
He was fully human
Just a good man?• Cannot be.• He cannot fit into the category of ‘good man’.• He said he was God – the Word of God made man. If he wasn’t that, he was a liar.
Not just a man• Either worship Him or despise Him.• If He was who He said He was – He is God.• He s the only one who can save us, can change our lives.
A life spent in redeeming mankind• Childhood• The ‘hidden years’• The public ministry• Torture and death
Consequences• We are destined for heaven!• We can call God ‘Father’ – and mean it. Do we act as if God is our Father? – Dignity – Confidence – Trust, hope• No evil can have final victory over us.
Are we grateful?• What can we do to show our gratitude?
Christ’s example: the servant messiah
"You know that the rulers of the Gentileslord it over them, and their great menexercise authority over them.It shall not be so among you; but whoeverwould be great among you must be yourservant, and whoever would be first amongyou must be your slave; even as the Son ofman came not to be served but to serve, andto give his life as a ransom for many."
When he had washed their feet,and taken his garments, andresumed his place, he said tothem, "Do you know what Ihave done to you?You call me Teacher and Lord;and you are right, for so I am.If I then, your Lord and Teacher,have washed your feet, you alsoought to wash one anothersfeet.For I have given you anexample, that you also shoulddo as I have done to you.
‘Do as I have done to you.’• Can you think of some who have lived this life of service well? – A parent? A teacher? Someone inspiring? A saint?
St Maximilian Kolbe• “I am only a Catholic priest from Poland. Let me take his place. I am old. He has a wife and children.”
Bl. Teresa of Calcutta
• “God still loves the world and He sends you and me to be His love and His compassion to the poor.”• “Come be My light…I cannot go alone.”• People ask, ‘Where do the sisters get the joy and energy to do what they are doing?’
St Damien of MolokaiWhen Joseph de Veuster was born in,Belgium, in 1840, few people in Europehad any firsthand knowledge of leprosy(Hansens disease). By the time he died at theage of 49, people all over the world knew aboutthis disease because of him. They knew thathuman compassion could soften the ravages ofthis disease.
Montserrat Grases• Young girl who wanted to be holy and life a full live.• Normal intelligence. Liked athletics.• Prayer.• Talking to her friends. Eager for her friends to grow closer to Jesus.
Cancer• At the age of 17.• Serenity• “I’m not afraid of pain because I think that if I’m faithful to God each day in what he asks of me, he will help me when the hard part comes.”• Natural, cheerful, joking about her illness.• Faithful to her prayer even during the pain and the times of anxiety.• “I’m not afraid of pain because I think that if I’m faithful to God each day in what he asks of me, he will help me when the hard part comes.”
Inspired many peoplearound her to try to beholy in their ordinarylives. Everything we do– our prayer, our work,our study, ourfriendships, our familyduties: all these arewonderful offerings toGod, and instrumentsto make others happy.
Pope Benedict XVI• Joseph Aloysius Ratzinger• Life of service as a pastor and a teacher.• Ministering to the body (feeding the hungry, etc.) is very important. Ministering to the soul is even more vital.• Helping others understand who God is, and how to live a good life, is VERY important. Leading others to God and to heaven.
“No one lives alone. No one sins alone. No oneis saved alone. The lives of others continuallyspill over into mine: in what I think, say, do andachieve. And conversely, my life spills over intothat of others: for better and for worse. So myprayer for another is not something extraneousto that person, something external, not evenafter death.”
The ways of the Lord are not easy, but we werenot created for an easy life, but for great things,for goodness. - Pope Benedict XVI
I am a link in a chainGod has created me to do him some definiteservice; he has committed some work to mewhich he has not committed to another.I have my mission - I may never know it inthis life, but I shall be told it in the next. I havea part in a great work; I am a link in a chain, abond of connection between persons. - Bl. John Henry Newman
Lent• Spring, repentance, regrowth.• Responding to the great love that Jesus showered on us.• Prayer, fasting, alms-giving.• Learning to say ‘no’ to your desires. Learning to trust in God. Getting closer to your brothers and sisters who are suffering.
Prayer• Spend 10 minutes talking with God – about your friends’ needs, about yourself, your family.• Read the New Testament for 3 minutes every night, to get to know Jesus better.• Wake up early and go for one weekday Mass each week.• Pray a decade of the Rosary every night.• Pray for a friend in need.• Pray for the Church.
Sacrifice• Give up something you like (chocolates, computer games, hand phone games)• At meals, serve yourself with a bit more of the food that you don’t like.• At meals, finish everything on your plate.• Do not listen to music for a portion of your study time
Service• Lend a listening ear to a friend.• Ask a friend how he/she is.• Do something to cheer up a friend who is stressed/unhappy.• Invite a friend to Mass.• Invite your family to pray together.• Volunteer at an old folks’ home (Gift of Love Home, for e.g.)• Save up some money and donate it to charity.