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Chapter 7. The Good News: God Has Sent His Son • 83

Understanding that Jesus is both fully human and fully divine is very

important. The Church has consistently defended this teaching against

attempts to present one or the other as somehow less. If the Crucifixion

and Resurrection were events that involved God only, then we are not

saved. If Jesus was not divine, he would have been just another good

man whose death and Resurrection would not have saved us. It is neces-

sary to believe that the mystery of the Incarnation means that Jesus was

both fully God and fully man.

1. What does the name



Jesus means in Hebrew: “God saves.” . . . Since God alone

can forgive sins, it is God who, in Jesus his eternal Son

made man, “will save his people from their sins.” (CCC, no.

430, citing Mt 1:21)

2. Why is Jesus called



The word “Christ” [


] comes from the Greek transla-

tion of the Hebrew


, which means “anointed.” It

became the name proper to Jesus . . . because he accom-

plished perfectly the divine mission that “Christ” signifies.

(CCC, no. 436)

3. How does Jesus model discipleship for us?

In all of his life, Jesus presents himself as

our model

. He is

“the perfect man,” who invites us to become his disciples

and follow him. In humbling himself, he has given us an

example to imitate, through his prayer he draws us to

pray, and by his poverty he calls us to accept freely the

privation and persecution that may come our way. (CCC,

no. 520, citing GS, no. 38)