Catechism of the Catholic Church

152 Part One 591 Jesus asked the religious authorities of Jerusalem to believe in him because of the Father’s works which he accomplished. 373 But such an act of faith must go through a mysterious death to self, for a new “birth fromabove” under the influence of divine grace. 374 Such a demand for conversion in the face of so surprising a fulfill- ment of the promises 375 allows one to understand the Sanhedrin’s tragic misunderstanding of Jesus: they judged that he deserved the death sentence as a blasphemer. 376 The members of the Sanhedrin were thus acting at the same time out of “ignorance” and the “hardness” of their “unbelief.” 377 IN BRIEF 592 Jesus didnot abolish the Lawof Sinai, but rather fulfilled it (cf. Mt 5:17-19) with such perfection (cf. Jn 8:46) that he revealed itsultimatemeaning (cf. Mt 5:33) andredeemed the transgressions against it (cf. Heb 9:15). 593 Jesus venerated the Temple by going up to it for the Jewish feasts of pilgrimage, and with a jealous love he loved this dwelling of God among men. The Temple prefigures his own mystery. When he announces its destruction, it is as a manifestation of his own execution and of the entry into a newage in the history of salvation, when his Body would be the definitive Temple. 594 Jesus performed acts, such as pardoning sins, that mani­ fested him to be the Savior God himself (cf. Jn 5:16-18). Certain Jews, who did not recognize Godmademan (cf. Jn 1:14), saw in him only a man who made himself God ( Jn 10:33), and judged him as a blasphemer. 373 Jn 10:36-38. 374 Cf. Jn 3:7; 6:44. 375 Cf. Isa 53:1. 376 Cf. Mk 3:6; Mt 26:64-66. 377 Cf. Lk 23:34; Acts 3:17-18; Mk 3:5; Rom 11:25, 20. 526 574