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God the Son

…and in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord

What Can We Really Know About Jesus?

An interesting and thought provoking article.

How Can Jesus be Both Human and Divine?

Watch the video and ponder the questions.
Share your responses with friends or the group.

Questions to Ponder

  1. Without thinking brainstorm all the words that come to mind when you consider Jesus.
  • Circle three that you feel comfortable sharing with the group. Why did they come to mind? What influences your experience of Jesus?
  1. What did you hear, read, see, in the stimulus material?
  • What excited you?
  • What confirmed something for you?
  • What questions are raised for you?
  1. Have we domesticated Jesus?
  • Presented him as a nice fellow with some good ideas about how to treat people?
  • Or do we as a Church present Jesus who came to show us and challenge us to be and create the Kingdom of God?

4. How do you nourish your relationship with Jesus?

Points to consider:

  • God is Three persons in one God, the Trinity.
  • Jesus is fully human and fully divine.
  • Jesus the Christ, is the centre and heart of Christianity.
  • This article of the Creed informs the Christian’s answer to the question: Who do you say I am?
    • This is a key theme of the Gospel.
  • Jesus is God incarnate, God walking among the people.
  • Jesus means “God saves” in Hebrew.
  • The name “Christ” is taken from the Greek Christos, which means “Anointed.”
    • It corresponds exactly to the Hebrew Mashiah or Messiah.
    • Anointing was the normal way in which kings, priests, and sometimes prophets were invested with special powers by God for the exercise of their office among the people of Israel.
  • In the Old Testament the term “Son of God” is a title given to the Chosen People, the Children of Israel, it indicates intimacy between God and individuals, God and groups of people.
  • Lord is the usual name by which the Old Testament writers indicated the divinity of Israel’s God.
    • People in the Gospels addressing Jesus as Lord indicated the respect and trust that those who approached Jesus for help and healing had.