10 THING YOU MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT CHRIST
- Christ was not assumed into Heaven like Mary, He ascended into Heaven by the power of God.
- When Christ was on Earth as a son of Man, simultaneously, He is God. Only Jesus Christ had two natures, divine and human. Mary, his mother, overshadowed by the Holy Spirit only had one nature, human. The act of overshadowing was Mary’s Baptism in the energy and Holy Spirit, so much so, that she uttered that beautiful Magnificat.
- Christ, both God and fully human in nature, died on the Christ by giving up his spirit. The rest of us die because we are held hostage by our nature. Fully God, fully human, Jesus ascended to the Father to pay back the debt incurred by Adam (Romans Chapter 5). This is called reparation for the Sin of Adam and Eve. Reparation demand that a price be paid to God for this act of disobedience (Genesis 2-3).
- Jesus redeemed us. In everyday language, he was a family member who went to the pawn shop with the ticket from Genesis to exchange it for the Original Life in the Garden of Eden, but this time, all of us, without exception were granted access to God, but this time as adopted sons and daughters through our mediator, Jesus Christ. (Philippians 2:5-12). When the holder of the ticket asked for payment, it was Christ, both fully divine in nature, fully human in nature, would would have to give up (emptying) everything to buy back our salvation. The word for redeem or buy back is pronounced gaw-al’, or to go to the pawn shop and redeem the ticket that God received from Adam and Eve. They pawned our future. Christ bought us back with the price of his own body and blood to make us adopted sons and daughters once more. All is right except for the effects of Original Sin (we call that the World). https://biblehub.com/hebrew/1350.htm
- Original Word: גָּאַל
- Part of Speech: Verb
- Transliteration: gaal
- Phonetic Spelling: (gaw-al’)
- Definition: to redeem, act as kinsman
- Baptism is the act of gaw-al’ where God removed the stain of Original Sin (but not the effects) and allows us to become adopted sons and daughters of the Father with our inheritance as Heaven…Forever. Baptism is the response of Faith to the gift of the Father. Read Hebrews 2. There is a problem with Faith, if we don’t use it we may lose it. The Sacraments of Eucharist and Reconciliation, instituted by Christ, give each of us who believe the ability to sustain our Faith daily. In each age, everyone has the opportunity to nourish that Faith. Sadly, not all of us do. Read the Parabolic Discourse in Matthew 13.
- There is only one way to God and that is through Christ. I am the Way, the Truth and the Life, says Christ. Follow me, and do what I do. Do you know what he told us to do? John 17.
- Christ is present to us, with us, and for us in the Eucharist when we ascend to the Father once again with Him to give glory to God (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit). We sustain ourselves with His real body and blood.
- Christ will draw all things to himself. John 12:31-33 New Revised Standard Version, Anglicised Catholic Edition (NRSVACE) 31 Now is the judgement of this world; now the ruler of this world will be driven out. 32 And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people[a] to myself.’ 33 He said this to indicate the kind of death he was to die. Christ is both the beginning and the end, the Alpha and the Omega. The physical universe, the mental universe and the spiritual universe will one day be one. Right now, they don’t look too compatible
Alpha and Omega
9. What type of people does Christ not like? Read Matthew 7:21-27 Matthew 23:13-32 plus Matthew 25:31
10. Christ is the fulfillment of Adam and Eve, Moses, David, and the Prophets in the Old Testament and is the Messiah, one not only to save Israel from itself, but also all of us. Praise be God the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit, both now and forever. The God who is, who was, and who is to come at the end of the Ages. Amen and Amen. –Cistercian doxology