Jesus is Christ and Lord

On the Saturdays and Sundays of Great Lent, the Scripture readings are normally from the Epistle to the Hebrews and from the Gospel according to St. Mark.  In both cases the readings are very catechetical, focusing on answering the question, “Who is Jesus?”  On the 2nd Sunday of Great Lent the Epistle is Hebrews 1:10-2:3, which is part of the opening argument of Hebrews that Jesus is not an angel, not even the greatest of angels, but rather He is God’s own Son.

And: “You, LORD, in the beginning laid the foundation of the earth, And the heavens are the work of Your hands.  They will perish, but You remain; And they will all grow old like a garment; Like a cloak You will fold them up, And they will be changed.  But You are the same, And Your years will not fail.” But to which of the angels has He ever said: “Sit at My right hand, Till I make Your enemies Your footstool”? Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation? Therefore we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away. For if the word spoken through angels proved steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just reward, how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him.

The very first verse of this lesson tells us that Jesus created the heavens – He is no mere man, nor a great angel, but as God’s Son is co-creator of the universe along with the Holy Spirit.  This is a highly exalted view of the Christ which emerged very early in Christian thinking about who Jesus is.  As Fr. John Behr writes it:

“The Christian confession is not simply about who a figure of the past was, what he did and said, but rather who he is, the Christian faith confesses the living Lord: ‘Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, today and for ever’ (Heb. 13:8). “ ( Formation of Christian Theology: Volume 1, The Way to Nicea, pg. 49)

Confession – Admitting One’s Guilt

“But it is the word’s first meaning – confession of sins – that is usually the most difficult. It is never easy admitting to doing something you regret and are ashamed of, an act you attempted to keep secret or denied doing or tried to blame on someone else, perhaps arguing – to yourself as much as others – that it wasn’t actually a sin at all, or wasn’t nearly as bad as some people might claim. In the hard labor of growing up, one of the most agonizing tasks is becoming capable of saying, ‘I’m sorry.’ “(Jim Forest, Confession: Doorway to Forgiveness, pg. 15)