I Believe in Jesus Christ, the Only Son
79. What is the Good News for humanity?
It is the proclamation of Jesus Christ, the “Son of the living God”
(Matthew 16:16), who died and rose from the dead. In the time of King Herod and
the Emperor Caesar Augustus, God fulfilled the promises that he made to Abraham
and his descendants. He sent “his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to
redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as
sons” (Galatians 4:4-5).
80. How is the Good News spread?
From the very beginning the first disciples burned with the desire to
proclaim Jesus Christ in order to lead all to faith in him. Even today, from the
loving knowledge of Christ there springs up in the believer the desire to
evangelize and catechize, that is, to reveal in the Person of Christ the entire
design of God and to put humanity in communion with him.
“And in Jesus Christ, His only Son our Lord”
81. What is the meaning of the name “Jesus”?
Given by the angel at the time of the Annunciation, the name “Jesus” means “God
saves”. The name expresses his identity and his mission “because he will save
his people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21). Peter proclaimed that “there is no
other name under heaven given to men by which we can be saved” (Acts 4:12).
82. Why is Jesus called “Christ”?
“Christ” in Greek, “Messiah” in Hebrew, means the “anointed one”. Jesus is the
Christ because he is consecrated by God and anointed by the Holy Spirit for his
redeeming mission. He is the Messiah awaited by Israel, sent into the world by
the Father. Jesus accepted the title of Messiah but he made the meaning of the
term clear: “come down from heaven” (John 3:13), crucified and
then risen , he is the Suffering Servant “who gives his life as a ransom
for the many” (Matthew 20:28). From the name Christ comes our name of Christian.
83. In what sense is Jesus the Only Begotten Son of God?
Jesus is the Son of God in a unique and perfect way. At the time of his Baptism
and his Transfiguration, the voice of the Father designated Jesus as his
“beloved Son”. In presenting himself as the Son who “knows the Father” (Matthew 11:27), Jesus affirmed his singular and eternal relationship with God his
Father. He is “the Only Begotten Son of God” (1 John 4:9), the second Person of
the Blessed Trinity. He is the central figure of apostolic preaching. The
apostles saw “his glory as of the Only Begotten of the Father” (John 1:14).