Holy Week 2017

Holy Week Teaching

 

During Holy Week we are encouraged to read and reflect on the section of the Catechism (the basic teaching of the Church) on God the Son (pages 850-851 of the 1979 Book of Common Prayer).

 

We can note a few things in this. First of all that Jesus is God. We, of course, speak of him as the Son 0f God, and rightly so. But we do not mean by that this human being was somehow adopted to be God’s Son or that he became God’s Son though the virginal conception (in which the Church devoutly believes as a sign of the Incarnation). God the Son was from eternity the Son of Father, proceeding from him. This outpouring of the Father’s love in the Son, created the cosmos and entered into our lives in the incarnation.

 

Jesus is human. God the Son becomes a human being. Like us in every way but without sin. He offered the Father the obedience and love that we cannot because of being bound by Sin. Through union with him, his will becomes our will.

 

So. God did not find some poor guy to injure for our sins. God himself, united with human nature, offered himself up on our behalf. The judge made himself the judged. He became the answer to his own question. Jesus is God.  It’s all “amazing grace”.

 

Here it is:

 

God the Son

Q.

What do we mean when we say that Jesus is the only

Son of God?

A

We mean that Jesus is the only perfect image of the

Father, and shows us the nature of God.

 

 

Q.

What is the nature of God revealed in Jesus?

A.

God is love.

 

 

Q.

What do we mean when we say that Jesus was

conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and became

incarnate from the Virgin Mary?

A.

We mean that by God's own act, his divine Son received

our human nature from the Virgin Mary, his mother.

 

 

Q.

Why did he take our human nature?

A.

The divine Son became human, so that in him human

beings might be adopted as children of God, and be

made heirs of God's kingdom.

 

 

Q.

What is the great importance of Jesus' suffering and

death?

A.

By his obedience, even to suffering and death, Jesus

made the offering which we could not make; in him we

are freed from the power of sin and reconciled to God.

 

 

Q.

What is the significance of Jesus' resurrection?

A.

By his resurrection, Jesus overcame death and opened

for us the way of eternal life.

 

 

Q.

What do we mean when we say that he descended to the

dead?

A.

We mean that he went to the departed and offered them

also the benefits of redemption.

 

 

Q.

What do we mean when we say that he ascended into

heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father?

A.

We mean that Jesus took our human nature into

heaven where he now reigns with the Father and

intercedes for us.

 

 

Q.

How can we share in his victory over sin, suffering, and

death?

A.

We share in his victory when we are baptized into the

New Covenant and become living members of Christ.