Lent Day 6 - LIFE OF CHRIST, by Fulton Sheen



Lent Day 6 - LIFE OF CHRIST, by Fulton Sheen

LENT DAY 6 – Tuesday, March 12

 

“The name “Jesus” was a fairly common one among the Jews. In the original Hebrew it was “Josue”. The angel told Joseph that Mary would: “Bear a son, whom thou shalt call Jesus, for He is to save His people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:21) This first indication of the nature of His mission on earth does not mention His teaching; for the teaching would be ineffective unless there was first salvation.

 

He was given another name at the same time, the name “Emmanuel”. “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and shall bear a son, and they shall call Him Emmanuel, (which means God with us).” (Matthew 1:23)

 

The salvation that is promised by the name “Jesus” is not a social salvation, but rather a spiritual one. He would not save people necessarily from their poverty, but He would save them from their sins… He had come to conquer a greater enemy than Caesar. They must still render to Caesar the things that were Caesar’s; His mission was to deliver them from a far greater bondage, namely, that of sin. All through His life people would continue to materialize the concept of salvation, think that deliverance was to be interpreted only in terms of the political… The foundation of His salvation was from eternity and not from time.”

 

(Chapter 1, pgs. 53-54, 56)



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