Jesus Christ, His Only Son Born of Mary

From the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Simplified

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Jesus - God's Gift in Time's Fullness (422-424)

"But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of a woman... (Gal 4-5). This is "the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God" (Mk 1:1) by which God has acted for us beyond all expectation.

We believe that Jesus of Nazareth, born of Mary at Bethlehem, who died on the cross in Jerusalem under Pontius Pilate, is the eternal Son of God made man. He "came from God" (Jn 13:3), "descended from heaven" (Jn 3:13), and is the "Word made flesh who dwelt among us. We have seen his glory as of the only Son from the Father" and from his fullness we have all received grace upon grace (Jn 1:14-16).

Jesus made Peter the rock of his Church because he confessed, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God" (Mt 16:16).

Preached by Eyewitnesses (425)

The early disciples were eager to "speak of what we have seen and heard" (Acts 4:20) and they invited people into their unity in Christ. "That which was from the beginning... we proclaim also to you, so that you may have fellowship with us" (Jn 1:1-4).

Seeing God's Plan in Christ (426-428)

Catechesis must "reveal the whole purpose of God's design in the Person of Christ. Catechesis must put people in union with Christ, who alone "can lead us to the love of the Father in the Spirit" (Second Vatican Council).

Everything in catechesis must be taught in reference to Christ. The catechist must say: "My teaching is not mine, but his who sent me" (Jn 7:16). The catechist must seek "the surpassing worth of knowing Jesus Christ" (Phil 3:8).

Four Parts (429)

This faith in Jesus Christ will be explained according to four parts:

  1. The titles of Christ
  2. His Incarnation
  3. His Paschal Mystery
  4. His Glorification

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