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Our father, who art in heaven,

God, our Creator, our manufacturer, created all the universe (Genesis 1), and continues to maintain it always.

It is Through His holy Catholic church and the works of such, that He maintains right and goodness in the world, and through such that He fulfils His Devine salvation Plan via the Roman Catholic church, and others, that He allows to Preach, and finds worthy of Obedience to Himself.

All are disobedient, this God uses, that we may have need to rely on Him, and purpose to Love, when He forgives our sins, and need of His Spirit to maintain us (who are saved) in His Grace.

 

In fact, we all are sinners, or could be counted as much. Jesus said that "he who looks at a woman with lust" is guilty of committing adultery with her. With this in mind, and personal experience, we realize, that all are guilty of sin, and all need God's salvation. In fact, even if we don't sin, we are sinners, in need of God. Whether by his grace, we are prevented from greater sin, or His mending and bending of events, we are saved from our weakest points, it can be of assurance, that without His grace, we would commit sin in many circumstances, and that where we do not, this is only via his aid. Therefore, we all are saved from sin, for God can save via prevention (as with His mother Mary), or via changing the sinner's heart (as in baptism), via Grace, which we are able to accept. Our reliance on Him , our Father is always evident, the rich, yet not obligatory Christian prayer life is evident of such.

 

Also, via baptism, God literally becomes our Spiritual father, for the Gospel gives birth (in baptism) to a new life in Christ and God creates a new being in us, not contrary to Him, but longing for Him, not purposely disobedient, but the child ready and obedient, not arrogant, but respectful of the one who, with the simplest of thought, could remove them. It is here that we gain our True parent, yet it is also here we gain our spiritual Mother, Mary, and our brothers and sisters, the saints (Hebrews 11 and 12), who spur us on in the Lord, and intercede constantly for us with prayers for mercy and grace. It is this Family, united in unity, in God's true, Catholic church, that can joyfully name God father, and not just creator.

Love of the Father

Christ comes down

It is this Father, who we worship, who is One with Christ, who came down from heaven, in accordance with scripture, and for his love of Humanity, died in our place. To give context, God, our maker, manufacturer, owner, master, came down from heaven. He was born in a stable next to an inn, because there was no room for Him. Man couldn't even clear an extra room for their Creator, for their father, and leaves him to be born in a stable, with animals. Surely, are not pregnant woman given what can be given in our land, yet the most perfect mother had to give birth in a stable. It was then that the lowest class of people, shepherds, hailed his coming.

He grew up, in obedience to Mary, and his "step-father", Joseph, a carpenter, and went through childhood without brothers and sisters to give him any advice. Perhaps his father died in his teens, perhaps not, though he was clearly noted at His dedication, and when Jesus, 13, became a man. Yet, after this, there is no record of a living Joseph. Yet, he obeyed His mother, in doing good to a married couple who had run out of wine, starting his care of mankind, with aiding people who needed help, simply to avoid embarrassment.

The young Jesus was notably interested in God, and listened attentively about His father, even as we should as we attend Church, or even study science, and revere the laws God made to govern His perfect creation.

Ministry in temptation

Later, God made man, begins His ministry by temptation, and testing.

 

He enters the desert, entirely man, and spends forty days fasting for the Lord. The devil tells him to turn a rock into bread to eat, to use His power as God to end his fast, and fill his stomach, yet He who had no problem sparing a couple from an embarrassing wedding, does not spare himself a single loaf. This may be due to his fast, or due to the fact that he was truly to become like man in every way but sin. Both are likely, and Jesus clearly could have done so, as He later did with the five loaves which become five thousand loaves of bread. Rather, Jesus, Lord, the Giver of life, resists the Devil, saying that he lives not by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God. The devil then tells him to throw himself off the temple. Him who just said he placed all trust in God to sustain him, God, not bread, is told to take this to the wrong extreme, and force God to act, and save Him, as he (in the devils' fantasy world) jumps off the temple, in front of everyone. Jesus says (instead) that you should not put God to the test. Just as we don't test our parents by spending all their money, or abusing our bank accounts. God had given assurance of safety to His loyal subjects, Jesus relied on this safety to fast without dying, as God had lead him to, yet would not abuse ("test") the Lord's promise. We too don't do this to our parents by walking at night, or taking unnecessary risks. Jesus, though He had created all the world, would not force God to act for Him for wrong.

 

The final test that the devil is allowed to give Jesus, is to Worship evil, in exchange for the world (and his soul), yet Jesus again rebukes the Devil, and refuses to take what will soon be his, if it is by the wrong means. He rather undergoes the Cross. He gains all things anyway, and would have lost it all if He'd worshiped the devil. Yet, honour is right to those deserving (not evil), and we honour those who are deserving of such. We are told to obey Right Authority, yet not in evil, and even at such, it is only God we Adore (worship), and only God is due worship.

Ministry in everyday life

Jesus then begins his earthly ministry. Whether he chose the 11 before or after now is not known, but Jesus chooses 12 helpers to aid him in His Gospel, and become tools and helpers in his ministry to man. He chooses ambassadors of truth and will soon give them authority over all things. Judas is not excluded from this authority, yet loses it and so much more by committing mortal sin and denying God's will, for his will, by betraying God.

 

Jesus preaches that his followers should treat others as They'd have others treat themselves. This is his radical message, as he sums up the "Old Law" in love (1 Corinthians 13) and calls the religious "leaders" of the day up for hypocrisy, even as he tells his followers to hear what they say (yet not do what they do), because God gave them authority. The leaders, acting on the part of unspiritual man, plot to kill Jesus, this new Rabbi (teacher), who uses parables (not quotes from scripture) and everyday life things to preach. Jesus prays often and has compassion, even when his cousin is killed for telling the King (Herod - not the "Herod" who had all the babies in Jerusalem killed, rather, the Murderous Herod's son) that he could not have his relatives wife, as this was adultery. ON THIS DAY, JESUS WALKS WITH PETER ON WATER and FEEDS FIVE THOUSAND people. On this day, also, Jesus, though His acts and faith ministers, and teaches us further.

Peter and the waves

On the Day, John the Baptist dies, and Jesus, who is Our God is informed, Jesus Goes up on His own to bare His soul to God. He is left alone by His apostles, who take a (the only) boat (on their side of the lake) across the lake of Galilee. He has fed five thousand people, and had compassion on many. God takes comfort, by giving others of himself, just as we Christians are given the ability to. Jesus then begins to walk after his disciples, across the vast lake (on to of the water), where he is greeted with fear, as a ghost, then Worshipped by those on the boat. When he stood out in the waves, Peter voices the cry of all of us and perhaps that of all those on the boat, "If you tell me too, I can follow you onto the water, if you command, I can do the impossible, and walk on liquid!"

Many have claimed that the sea of Galilee was frozen, or filled with salt. Both of these are pathetic excuses. Why would fishermen worship a man who walked on water, when anyone could. Why would they worship a man who could walk on ice, and if ice, how does a fishing boat go through ice thick enough for a man to walk on.

Peter, the Rock, on which the church was founded, then steps out onto the water, and amazingly floats. He does the impossible, as all are able, if God commands, and defies the laws of science, yet "nothing is impossible with God", and Peter does this amazing thing. As long as he focuses on God, he is secure, as long as he trusts God, he floats, yet he begins to worry and the waves pick up. Like our very "human" nature, in all of us, he focuses on the waves, and begin to doubt. He, who saw Jesus make five loaves five thousand loaves, becomes terrified of the waves and (refuting the horrendous ice theory), begins to sink.

 

Not all is lost for poor poor Peter, for, like any wise child, he calls for his father, or guardian when he falls. The parent knows best, and Jesus, his Teacher, guardian of his faith, Messiah, and Saviour, reaches out for him and saves him from the waves. Peter could swim, make no mistake, this is recorded at the end of one of the Gospels, yet he trusts God above his own ability. Jesus holds him up. He rebukes them of little faith, and the waves die down instantly, as they reach shore. Again, the question likely has been asked, so, was he not just wading in the water, but this question is foolish. He would have had to have taken another boat across this huge lake, as the disciples would the next day when they heard he was gone, and again, those in the boat would have seen the wet robes, and not worshiped him. Also, why would they think a wading man to be a ghost, and how does Jesus lift Peter out of the water, if he himself is in it?

 

Children and confusing messages

Jesus now continues his mission. He tells his disciples that it is greater to give than receive, and that the greatest is he who serves all. He tells them to accept his message as little children would, and heals a great many people of their illnesses, and from demons and other things. The Pharisees call him evil, saying that he is basically an ancient version of a Satanist, but Jesus explains logically how it is impossible for someone to cast out demons, while serving the Devil, for a divided empire will fall. Here we are first introduced to the unforgivable sin, and learn that sins can be forgiven in the next life (this via purgatory where those who believe, yet are not yet worthy are purified before entering the Holy gates). Here, also we learn that if Jesus, the head of our house, our husband and master, was called such an unmentionable name, then surely, we who follow him will be called worse. He himself bore our insults. All that is said of us is said of Him. He came to earth to save man, yet man rejected him, abused him, mocked him, and man, his own creation, his beloved creation, would soon kill him, letting a guilty man go free.

Way  of Suffering

The Cross is now shown to us, we are told that if we are to follow Christ, we are to bear our own cross daily. The crucifixion of criminals was common practice in roman times. The people who created the gladiatorial events, had no problem inventing the harshest of torture methods. The ultimate in capital punishment was to die on a cross. This is what Jesus tells his followers is demanded of them, not punishment for crime, but rather daily suffering for doing good, and obeying God. Suffering was demanded by Love, for love, that we may be made perfect in it. Jesus himself would lead the way, by, as he and the at least four hundred year old (at the time) prophesies predicted he would, by being unfairly tried, and murdered on a cross, via crucifixion.

 

Life to Come after Godly death

Jesus promised eternal life to all who persevered in their belief and obedience to him. This may sound fantastic, yet in truth, it is more than logical. God can give, and take away. Those who obey him, he rewards, those, who he himself created, who disobey, are destroyed.

 

Jesus rose Lazareth from the dead, after he smelt terrible from rot already, and had been set inside his tomb. This would follow soon enough with (Jesus) Christ's own crucifixion, and resurrection, where he, who was medically dead, who the greatest experts at killing of the time (the Roman army) pronounced dead, rose from the dead on the third day, and appeared to his disciples, teaching them for forty days before ascending into heaven on a cloud.

Crucifixion

Crux of the matter

Now we get to the crux of Christianity, or near it. The real crux, that separates us from the Jewish people and all others, is our belief in Jesus' Physical, real, true resurrection.

 

Why Jesus had to die is an interesting matter. Jesus came into the world "for Judgment's sake", and his words will condemn all who don't believe in Him, and his message, yet, he also entered the world for another reason. He came here to save all who believed, yet let us look at this issue of salvation quickly.

Why die?

What makes Jesus unique. It certainly isn't raising from the dead. God has done that before, even in the old testament, a woman's son was risen, after the Prophet of the time was told, and the child clearly was dead. Lazareth, also died before Jesus reached him, and God rose him from death, also, there are records of a girl who Jesus rose, Godly woman who Peter rose from death, and many others recorded in history as being resurrected in the present time, after being medically and irrevocably dead. It was not for legal reasons, as some would claim. The Jews had a wonderful system of sacrifice with God, and would sacrifice a bull or other animal yearly for the sins of all their people, and offered offerings also for their personal offences. God did not need to replace this justifying system. Also, Elijah was forgiven of all his sins, without any punishment, when an angel placed a coal on his mouth in the old testament (Jewish Torah has this same book).  So, it was not simply the forgiveness of sins that was God's reason for visiting and suffering on Earth. Surely, then the blood of bulls could be enough, yet it was not judgment alone either that motivated our Lord and Saviour. Yes, now the blood of bulls is worthless, and pointless in forgiving sin, because the Death and resurrection of Christ is the only way of coming right with God now, and He did pay the price of sin on the cross ("sin cannot be forgiven without the shedding of blood"), yet, why die on a cross. Many criminals were crucified on crosses, it was the most painful death, but what makes it any way special, or enough to pay for our sin.

 

The simplicity of the issue, is that it was not for legal reasons that Jesus died, but for reasons above any that any "legalities focused" form of Christianity could ever explain. The cross was enough of a punishment, because Jesus was sinless, yet Mary also lived a sinless life, yet it was not a sinless human being who was to pay for sin, for Mary would have been given every grace, and help in remaining pure, Jesus was tempted beyond any human temptation in the Desert. No, it was God himself, not some scapegoat, or poor human servant who died at Calvary that day (Good Friday), God himself who bore our punishment in the most painful, selfless way, after fulfilling all the requirements he'd placed on mankind, despite being like us in every way but sin.

 

Here is the truth of the issue. God is our father, our care giver, our maintainer and life giver. He forgave our sins (those who believe and are baptized, and perhaps those who just believe) by baring our punishment, not because he wanted to die on a cross ("if it is possible, take this cup of suffering away from me, yet let it be your will, not my will"), not because it was the only way to forgive sins ("the blood of bulls you did not desire"), but because He loved us. This is how we know love, because God showed us Love, by dying for us (1 Corinthians 13 - love). It is because of the cross that we are able to love, able to obey God, able to obey the "Old law", and worthy of being children of God. God brought the "Old Law" to its fulfillment by crucifying all written demands, with the countless sacrifices on alters, on the cross, and allowed for Love, (treat others as you'd have them treat you) to replace the old law with a new Law. A law we could follow, a spiritual Law, whereby God himself enables us to live, even as he did, and be freed from slavery to sin. We are able to choose right and do it, now that He has died for us. We can do as we desire, not as fear, lust or greed demands of us. We can obey God, and stop our destructive life patterns that lead only to death and hell, and be purified of sin, by a process called justification. At baptism, we are cleared of our offenses, and after this, God disciplins, and moulds us, and we pray for him to continue to purify us, untill finally we are justified. If we sin, we have an advocate with the Father (Jesus Christ), and need only confess our sins and if demanded, do penance. The core of it, is that we are freed. We are forgiven, yes, we gain a father, for children do only what they learn from their parents, and we learn to become righteous, yet, in All, we gain life, eternal life, as we bare our own crosses daily, and love even enemies for the sake of Him who died in our place.