Jesus: God and Man

Throughout the Saturdays and Sundays of Great Lent the Gospel readings from Mark and the Epistle readings from Hebrews focus on answering the question:

Who is Jesus?

Lent is a catechetical period forming the theological ideas of Church members – teaching us the truth about the Triune God and the incarnation of the Word of God.

St. Gregory Nazianzus (d.  391AD) offers us a summary of what we know about the God-man Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior:

“He was baptized as man- but he remitted sins as God…He was tempted as man, but he conquered as God…

He hungered- but he fed thousands…

He was wearied, but he is the rest of them that are weary and heavy-laden.

He was heavy with sleep, but he walked lightly over the sea…

He pays tribute, but it is out of a fish; yea, he is the king of those who demanded it…

He prays, but he hears prayers.

He weeps, but he causes tears to cease.

He asks where Lazarus was laid, for he was man; but he raises Lazarus, for he was God.

He is sold, and very cheap, for it is only for thirty pieces of silver; but he redeems the world, and that at a great price, for the price was his blood.

As a sheep he is led to slaughter, but he is the shepherd of Israel, and now of the whole world also…

He is bruised and wounded, but he heals every disease and every infirmity.

He is lifted up and nailed to the tree, but by the tree of life he restores us.

He dies, but he gives life, and by his death he destroys death.”

(Reading Scripture with the Church Fathers by Christopher A. Hall, pg. 73)