"For Christians, Jesus is this man in whom God has fully manifested himself. Through his life, his words and his teaching, he revealed to us that he was God himself. For Christians, Jesus is God. This affirmation is the heart of their faith. Jesus is not only God's prophet. He is God. He is God, while while being totally human. This is what the Christian tradition will call the dual nature of Jesus - man and God - in his one person. This man belongs, by his birth, his life and his death, to our humanity. (Excerpt from a text by Bishop André Dupleix,Honorary Rector of the Catholic Institute of Toulouse)
The existence of Jesus, his death and resurrection, are historical facts. He is recognized as one who lived in Israel a little over 2,000 years ago and continues to exert considerable influence on our world today. Many of his words are famous, such as: "Do to others what you would like them to do for you. ", "Do not judge so that you are not judged yourself," "Our Father who is in heaven... ».
Centuries before the birth of Jesus, the Bible announced his coming. The Old Testament contains a very large number of prophecies about him: his miraculous birth, his sinless life, his many miracles, his death and his resurrection.
But why did Jesus die? Jesus, the Son of God, died for us. The Bible says that we were reconciled with God through the death of His Son (Rom 5,10). God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son, so that anyone who believes in him may not be lost, but have eternal life (Jn 3:16) . Jesus atoned for our sins, not only for our own, but also for those of the whole world (1 Jn 2.2). We who are overwhelmed by our faults, Jesus wants to make us alive with him (Col 2: 13-15). He says to each and every one of us, "I have come so that humanity may have life and have it in abundance" (Jn 10:10). Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest (Mat 11.28).
How to respond to his love?
Jesus, the Risen One, calls us. He knocks on our door. There is not a single person he does not want, or cannot save. We are extremely precious to him to the point that he gave his life for us. When he calls us, it is out boundless of love and with his divine power. It is to turn us away from the evil that alienates us and destroys us, to find peace and life. Jesus said, "I am the truth and life, no one comes to the Father but through me." (John 14.6). "Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life (John 8:12).
And it begins with a simple prayer "Jesus, have mercy on me sinner" (M.10,47). For whoever invokes the name of the Lord will be saved (Rom 10:13). That's His promise.