RCIA

Class #5

Who is Jesus?

The Baptism of Jesus by St. John the Baptist

 
 

In this session we talked about the identity of Jesus as the Son of God. What does it mean that Jesus is God's Son? Is He God or man or both? We went over these basic questions to help us understand the mystery of Jesus:

 

Who made us?

God.

 

Why did He make us?

So He could love us, and so we could love him and love each other.

 

Why did He make other things?

Because He loves us, and to help us love Him and each other.

 

What is the goal of life?

To know, love, and serve God in this life and be happy with Him forever in the next.

 

Who is God?

He is our Creator who loves us, and who is all-knowing and all-powerful.

 

Where is God?

He is everywhere.

 

Does God see every one of our thoughts and actions?

Yes.

 

Can we see God in this life?

No, because He is pure spirit.

 

How many gods are there?

One.

 

How many persons are in God?

Three.

 

Who are the 3 persons?

The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

 

Is the Father God?

Yes.

 

Is the Son God?

Yes.

 

Is the Holy Spirit God?

Yes.


So are there three Gods?

No. There is only one God in three distinct persons.

 

What is this mystery called?

The Blessed Trinity.

 
 
 

The Mystery of the Blessed Trinity and the Incarnation of the Son (click to enlarge)

Now that we know that God is one God in three distinct persons, we can see who Jesus really is. He is the second person of the Blessed Trinity, who became man. The above drawing shows the stages of our fall and redemption.

  • First Panel: God (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) created Adam and Eve (and all of us) out of love so that we could know Him, love Him, and serve Him, and therefore be happy.
  • Second Panel: Adam and Eve chose not to obey God's plan for them, so sin and death entered into the world, cutting them off from God’s life and grace.
  • Third Panel: God did not abandon Adam and Eve, and He continued to offer humanity covenants (covenant: an exchange of vows between friends that permanently binds them together). But sin had infected their lives, and they could not remain faithful to God’s covenants, and instead chose to continue sinning.
  • Fourth Panel: In the fullness of time, God the Son (the second person of the Blessed Trinity), became man through the Incarnation (Incarnation: When the Eternal Son of God took on human flesh by being conceived in the womb of the Blessed Virgin Mary). He was born of the Virgin Mary and lived among us.
  • Fifth Panel: Jesus lived a perfect human life, free from sin. He preached the arrival of the Kingdom of God, and he worked miracles in order to prove his identity as the Eternal Son of God made man.
  • Sixth Panel: Jesus is rejected by the people, as God had been rejected by us from the very beginning. However, Jesus accepts this rejection out of love, offering himself in perfect obedience to the Father by dying on a cross.
  • Seventh Panel: On the third day after his death, Jesus rose from the dead. Forty days later he ascended to the right hand of the Father. By his perfect obedience and sacrifice on the cross, Adam and Eve’s selfish disobedience was undone, and the path was made for us to approach the Father through repentance and the forgiveness of our sins.
  • Eight Panel: On the Jewish feast of Pentecost, ten days after Jesus ascended into heaven, the Holy Spirit (the third person of the Blessed Trinity) descended on Jesus’s apostles. The Church received the Holy Spirit in order to call all people to repentance and belief in Jesus, so that they could be given the grace to become sons and daughters of God like Jesus. Through baptism, we receive the Holy Spirit and become sons and daughters of God, and are destined for heaven, where we will live with God (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) and be happy with Him forever.

Homework:

Read the Gospel of Matthew, chapters 1-4

Resources:

Click here for a blank copy of the worksheet questions.