Fourth Article of the Apostle’s Creed
July 13, 2014
“Suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried”
Hi everyone, hope all are having a good summer! Thanks for the replies, comments, and emails I have received recently, they are very much appreciated! Thanks also to my fellow blogger at http://voxcantor.blogspot.ca/ for the nice post about www.canadiancatechist.com, I travel his site quite often :-). So, on to some necessary catechesis. We will be discussing the teachings of the One, Holy, Catholic, Apostolic Church regarding the Fourth Article of the Apostle’s Creed,which states,“Suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried” . So, The Passion, Death,and Burial of Jesus Christ.
Their are some very important points to take away from this Fourth Article of the Apostle’s Creed. Lets start with the fact that Jesus willingly wanted to die for all of us in order to satisfy the Divine justice due to sin. The fact that He chose to go through the sufferings of His Passion should prompt us to fall down in adoration, praise and thanksgiving. Jesus did not have to go through with the torture and pains of His Passion and crucifixion, He chose to. He wanted to show us how much He loves us and how far He would go, and did go,to bring us back into friendship with God. The least amount of suffering for the God-Man, Jesus Christ would have satisfied Divine Justice because of its infinite value, but, we are to learn from His Passion, 1. how much he loves us, 2. how terrible sin is , 3. how we should more patiently and willingly bear our own cardboard crosses. Not trying to negate the fact that some do indeed have to carry truly heavy crosses, my own however, tend to be cardboard. So truly, Christ saved us from Hell! I say that literally, not allegorically or metaphorically or any other twisted modernized way, Jesus Christ actually saved us from an eternal Hell by dying on the Cross for us. In His dying, He showed us how to live!
I really wanted to touch on the main points of this article of the Creed before getting into some of the other details. Next post we will start to touch on some of the details. May God keep you safe from the world, the devil and ourselves. In JMJ, Lee
Jesus Christ as Prophet
May 6, 2014
” THE PROPHET “
Jesus Christ ” The Prophet “
In this post we are still looking at The Second Article of The Apostles’ Creed, “And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, Our Lord “. We will be focussing on Jesus as Prophet.
First, what is a Prophet and what are a prophets duties? A real prophet is a messenger sent by God, a person who speaks for God. He or she witnesses to God, calls people to conversion, and may also foretell the future. Prophets often are killed for their message and they are ultimately teachers. Jesus definitely fits this description perfectly. We will look to The Holy Scriptures for our catechesis on Jesus.When learning of Jesus and His life, their is no better place than in The Holy Bible to learn of Our Lord and His Life. Please read and re-read all four Gospels and learn of Our Lord and from His very words. Another excellent book by Thomas A Kempis that has helped me tremendously is called “The Imitation of Christ.” I would say it is a must read to be sure.
Moses speaks of Jesus The Prophet in Deuteronomy 18 , ”  The Lord thy God will raise up to thee a PROPHET of thy nation and of thy brethren like unto me: him thou shalt hear: ” Jesus in John chapter 5 also speaks of Moses as a prophet and has this to say to the unbelievers and nay sayers, ”  Think not that I will accuse you to the Father. There is one that accuseth you, Moses, in whom you trust. 46] For if you did believe Moses, you would perhaps believe me also; for he wrote of me.  But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe my words? ” Jesus teaches in all He did and in all He still does. Jesus teaches us through His Word, His Actions, and even when it may seem that He is still, we can still learn from Jesus. Every single instance of Jesus’ life on earth including the hidden years between his 12-30 years are for our instruction. As a prophet is to teach, Jesus is The Teacher. In John Chapter 13, Jesus said of Himself, ”  You call me Master, and Lord; and you say well, for so I am. Even Nicodemus who was a Pharisee came to see Jesus and spoke of him here in John Chapter 3 ”  This man came to Jesus by night, and said to him: Rabbi, we know that thou art come a teacher from God; for no man can do these signs which thou dost, unless God be with him.” So, here we have so many scriptural references to Jesus fulfilling Moses prophecy in Deuteronomy Chapter 18. So Moses the prophet, the greatest Old Testament prophet through Divine inspiration and direction wrote The Torah, which is the first five Books of The Old Testament, Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy and whom God revealed His Name, was pointing directly towards Our Lord Jesus Christ. Like St Augustine said, ” The Old is fulfilled in the New, and the New is hidden in the Old.” St Augustine is talking about the prophecies ultimately concerning Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
In the Gospel of Luke, we have Jesus in Chapter 4 teaching in the synagogue using the Holy Scriptures and quoting from the Book of Isaiah. He is letting Holy Scripture do the Teaching, and not mixing words, “ And the book of Isaias the prophet was delivered unto him. And as he unfolded the book, he found the place where it was written:  The Spirit of the Lord is upon me. Wherefore he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor, he hath sent me to heal the contrite of heart,  To preach deliverance to the captives, and sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of reward.  And when he had folded the book, he restored it to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. 21] And he began to say to them: This day is fulfilled this scripture in your ears.” Can you imagine what the people must have been thinking? I am certain that the silence that followed this reading must have been that deafening kind, with jaws hanging to the floor. Of course the main point that separates Jesus from all other prophets is that Jesus Christ has a Divine nature and human nature in one person, the Hypostatic Union. This in particular gives Jesus’ teaching its unique and singular authority. When Jesus teaches or prophecies to us, we know that it is actually God Himself speaking to us directly.
Jesus spoke of many prophecies in The Gospels, and in The Epistles and especially in The Book of The Apocalypse. Some of these prophecies have been fulfilled, some are being fulfilled as I write this post, and some we will have to wait for. The Holy Scriptures are layered deep, so please don’t do what I call “cut and paste” scripture interpretation. It is best to follow Jesus’ teaching when he teaches us in Luke Chapter 12 to always be ready for His coming. Don’t wait til tomorrow or next week to be a better Christian, you can do it now with His Grace, and The Holy Sacrifice of The Mass, and The Sacraments. If you haven’t been to confession, do not be afraid, make an appointment with a priest! Our Lord is waiting for you, He wants you to come and see Him, He loves you unconditionally. Lets see what Jesus said in Luke Chapter 12, another prophecy of Our Lord for all of us, “ Let your loins be girt, and lamps burning in your hands.  And you yourselves like to men who wait for their lord, when he shall return from the wedding; that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open to him immediately.  Blessed are those servants, whom the Lord when he cometh, shall find watching. Amen I say to you, that he will gird himself, and make them sit down to meat, and passing will minister unto them.  And if he shall come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants.  But this know ye, that if the householder did know at what hour the thief would come, he would surely watch, and would not suffer his house to be broken open.  Be you then also ready: for at what hour you think not, the Son of man will come.” Jesus will come, He tells us so, therefore, it is Truth. Do not hesitate, be ready always for Our Lord.
May God Bless you always and keep you safe from the world, the devil, and ourselves. In JMJ, Lee
Who is Jesus Christ?????
April 29, 2014
Priest, Prophet, King
Who is Jesus?
Jesus actually means saviour. This name was given to Him by God. The Angel Gabriel announced this to Mary His Mother, ” Behold thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and shalt bring forth a son ; and thou shalt call His name Jesus” (Luke 1:31). Joshua, or Josue are also translations of the same name Jesus. The Aramaic name for Jesus is Yeshua. His Mother would have probably called Him Yeshua throughout His thirty three years on Earth. Christ is not Jesus‘ last name, it actually means “anointed.” Annointed translated into Greek is actually Christos (Khristos), or in English, Christ. In Hebrew, we have Christ translating into Messiah (Hebrew: מָשִׁיחַ, Modern Mashiaẖ Tiberian Māšîăḥ; in modern Jewish texts in English spelled Mashiach. I know, it can be a little confusing to get all these names down, but once you do, it will stay with you for life and it helps to explain Who is Jesus. To try and keep it simple, Jesus means saviour, Christ means anointed. So, Jesus actually is His name, it is Who He is. Jesus is our Saviour and Gods anointed or Christ.Talk about a tongue twister, I promise I’m trying to keep it simple.
Jesus Christ is our High Priest forever, this is prophesied all throughout the Old Testament. Jesus transformed and perfected the Levitical Priesthood into the Priesthood we have today in The Catholic Church. Jesus all throughout John chapter 17, exercise His Priestly function especially in what exegetes refer to as Jesus’ “High Priestly Prayer.” Especially in John 17: They are not of the world, as I also am not of the world.  Sanctify them in truth. Thy word is truth.  As thou hast sent me into the world, I also have sent them into the world.  And for them do I sanctify myself, that they also may be sanctified in truth.  And not for them only do I pray, but for them also who through their word shall believe in me.” The word sanctify is used in the Old Testament and properly translated into Hebrew as “hagiazo,” which actually means to “consecrate” or to “make holy.” .Only an ordained prophet of God or a High priest has the authority to consecrate a priest. Jesus is both, and is actually ordaining the 12 Apostles as priests in this chapter 17 of John. The priesthood that Jesus is re-establishing, transforming and perfecting actually has roots that lead all the way back to Abraham. In Hebrews chapter 7 we read of Jesus’ New Priesthood, “ For this Melchisedech was king of Salem, priest of the most high God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him.” also, ”  For he testifieth: Thou art a priest for ever, according to the order of Melchisedech.” And more from Hebrews 7, But this, for that he continueth for ever, hath an everlasting priesthood,  Whereby he is able also to save for ever them that come to God by him; always living to make intercession for us.
 Many priests: The apostle notes this difference between the high priests of the law, and our high priest Jesus Christ; that they being removed by death, made way for their successors; whereas our Lord Jesus is a priest for ever, and hath no successor; but liveth and concurreth for ever with his ministers, the priests of the new testament, in all their functions. Also, that no one priest of the law, nor all of them together, could offer that absolute sacrifice of everlasting redemption, which our one high priest Jesus Christ has offered once, and for ever.
 Make intercession: Christ, as man, continually maketh intercession for us, by representing his passion to his Father.
 For it was fitting that we should have such a high priest, holy, innocent, undefiled, separated from sinners, and made higher than the heavens. So, we have lots of information in The New Testament of Jesus as our High Priest and His ordained Priesthood, but what of The Old Testament. Do we have the same kind of prophecies of a continuing Priesthood? Lets try and take a quick look. The Prophet Malachi speaks very openly of the New Priesthood of Jesus Christ, Chapter 1 , “ For from the rising of the sun even to the going down, my name is great among the Gentiles, and in every place there is sacrifice, and there is offered to my name a clean oblation: for my name is great among the Gentiles, saith the Lord of hosts.” Well, where do we have this sacrifice that Malachi is prophesizing about other than in Catholic Churches all throughout the world, on every continent and in every time zone? And who are these Gentiles, but, of course they are us, at The Holy Sacrifice of The Mass. I have a little more from the great prophet Isaiah that talks about Jesus’ priesthood to come. In Isaiah 66, ”  And they shall bring all your brethren out of all nations for a gift to the Lord, upon horses, and in chariots, and in litters, and on mules, and in coaches, to my holy mountain Jerusalem, saith the Lord, as if the children of Israel should bring an offering in a clean vessel into the house of the Lord. 21] And I will take of them to be priests, and Levites, saith the Lord.” So, how can a gentile become a Levitical priest? That’s what is being said in this verse. This is prophesizing the New Priesthood of Jesus Christ which will, and does include ordained men from all nations and ethnicities, not just from the Levitical bloodline from the tribe of Levi or from Aarons bloodline. Jesus transforms and perfects the Holy Priesthood, making Himself Priest and Victim. Because after all, in order for a priest to be a priest, a victim to be sacrificed is needed. Jesus is Perfect Priest, and Perfect Sacrifice, as St John said in Chapter 1, “ The next day, John saw Jesus coming to him, and he saith: Behold the Lamb of God, behold him who taketh away the sin of the world.”
Who was Saint John talking about in Chapter 14 of The Apocalypse, who were these celibate men? ”  These are they who were not defiled with women: for they are virgins. These follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were purchased from among men, the firstfruits to God and to the Lamb:  And in their mouth there was found no lie; for they are without spot before the throne of God. ” HMMMMM, who could these virgin men be??? I wonder… Of course, they are celibate priests from The Catholic Church, we now call them Saints!!!
PS Please use your Bibles and look up these chapters and verses, highlight and mark them for future reference so you know about Jesus and His Priesthood!!!
I could go on and on and quote more from other Books from the Holy Scriptures, but I will stop here for now. Next post we will look at Jesus as Prophet. May God Bless us, and keep us safe from the world, the devil, and ourselves. In, JMJ,Lee
And in Jesus Christ, His Only Son, Our Lord
April 23, 2014
It is vitally important to state exactly who Jesus Christ actually is. Jesus Christ is God made man. Jesus Christ is Our Lord, The Second Person of The Blessed Trinity, true God and true man. Jesus Christ is one Person, with two natures, human and divine.
Taken from The Athanasian Creed , this is a simple, but thorough teaching of who Jesus is. ” The true faith is : we believe and profess that Our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is both God and man. As God, He was begotten of the substance of the Father before time. As man, He was born in time of the substance of His Mother. He is perfect God ; and He is perfect man, with a rational soul and human flesh. He is equal to the Father in His Divinity bo ut He is inferior to His Father in His humanity. Although He is God and man, He is not two but one Christ. And He is one. He is one not because His Divinity was changed into flesh, but because His humanity was assumed by God. He is one not at all because of a mingling of substances, but because He is one Person. As a rational soul and flesh are one man, so God and man are one Christ.” This again taken from The Athanasian Creed from the fifth Century, and also can be found in the book, The Sources of Catholic Dogma by Henry Denzinger, also referred to as just Denzinger under article 39. This Creed is definitely my personal favourite. It is thought that St Ambrose probably authored this Creed and not St Athanasius, the great defender of Jesus’ Divinity against the heretic arians. We will cover heresies in the future. The term we use to describe the joining together of Jesus’ Divine and human nature is called the hypostatic union. This union will never cease to be.
Because of Adams sin in the garden, if we were to be restored to friendship with God, this eternal breach had to be crossed. As I briefly explained in the earlier post on original sin,when Adam disobeyed God, the damage done, was eternal in scope. Problem is, Adam being a creature, is a finite being. A finite being cannot fix an eternal problem. But, it was a man who broke off friendship with God, so, somehow man needs to be redeemed. Somehow, man has to be involved in satisfying Gods justice due to mans sin against Almighty God. Thank God, for God. Only God could come up with such a perfect solution for us to have friendship restored with Him. He is so merciful and loving that right after The Fall, He said in Gen 3:15 also referred to as the Proto-Evangelium ” I will put enmities between thee and the woman, and thy seed and her seed : she shall crush thy head, and thou shalt lie in wait for her heel.” So we have the incarnation, or the enfleshment of God, in the One Person of Jesus Christ, true God, and true man. He alone could restore friendship with God, and reach across that eternal divide caused by Adam and be Our Perfect Redeemer. Not only did God promise a Redeemer in Gen 3:15, Jesus is prophesied all throughout the Old Testament. We will look at more about The Second Article of The Apostles Creed in my next couple of posts on here. May God protect us from the world, the devil , and ourselves… In JMJ, Lee
THE SECOND ARTICLE OF THE APOSTLES CREED
April 22, 2014
And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, Our Lord
to be continued shortly…….