Modulo - Giving Life Meaning
Module 3: The New Covenant
This Module is still under construction so incomplete and subject to change
It's included here for advance information only
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.God's New Initiative
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In Module 1 we looked at the evidence for God, what he's like, how we can build a relationship with him and how we can find out about him by reading what others have written.

In Module 2 we learnt how he revealed himself to us, gave us rules for living as he intended, how difficult it is to keep to his rules, and how similar our response is today compared to earlier people.

In this Module 3 we'll see how God took the initiative and, when he decided humanity had grown mature enough, came to earth himself in the form of Jesus to:
  1. Reveal his true nature to us (a God of love, not wrath).
  2. Show us how to apply his rules in practice through the example of the way he lived his own life and, most importantly:
  3. Make reconciliation between himself and us for our disobedience – our sin. (Return to top)
    Module Index
    3/0   Introduction & summary
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    3/1   Jesus' Birth and Childhood  
    3/2   Preparation for Ministry  
    3/3   Ministry Begins 
    3/4   Ministry Completed  

    3/5   Reconciliation For Sin
    3/6   Resurection and New Life

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.A New Covenant
As he was preparing for the end of his ministry here on earth, at his last supper, Jesus showed us what loving each other means. Despite being God, he washed his Disciples feet as the lowliest servant would have done (Jn 13: 5-15) and gave us a New Commandment: "Love one another as I have loved you" (Jn 15:12).

Also at the Last Supper, as he shared the traditional cup of wine, Jesus said, "This cup is the New Covenant in my blood" – that is, sealed in his own blood shed on the cross. (Return to top)
  • The New Covenant is that if we love God and each other as Jesus taught – keeping to the clear teaching he revealed in his 'Gospel' – then we can again have eternal life with God as he'd always intended.
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.Module 3/1- Jesus' Birth and Childhood (Click to select)
God's Messiah, or Chosen One, who will save us from the results of our own disobedience (sin), is predicted throughout the Bible's Old Testament and this Module provides several references to illustrate that. When God deemed the time was right, announcements were made that the Messiah was about to be born, followed by a proclamation to 'Prepare the Way' for him.

In Middle Eastern culture one's ancestors are very important, so the account begin with Jesus' ancestry to establish who he is, before going on to describe his special birth.

As a baby he was visited by the lowly (shepherds) and the high (wise men), whose gifts give us a clue to his future – a shepherd (of God's people), a king, a priest… and destined for death (crucifixion).

He and his family had to flee to Egypt to escape persecution before they could return home, where his early childhood demonstrates deep intelligence and knowledge of God. (Return to top)
  • If Jesus is to fulfil the prophesies of the Old Testament, and so prove he is the Messiah, then all the prophesies must be fulfilled – which they were.

  • As well as the obvious meaning, much of the Bible has symbolic meaning too. For instance, we can infer that Jesus being visited by low and high status people and becoming a refugee makes him relevant to everyone, the lowly and persecuted as well as the rich and great.
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.Module 3/2 - Preparation For Ministry (Click to select)
Unlike us, Jesus was without sin so he didn't need to have his sin 'washed away' in baptism, but when he reached the age of thirty and was about to begin his ministry here on earth, he was first baptised so again to be like us in every respect.

He then took himself off 'on retreat' into the desert whilst he worked out his relationship with God, what he was called to do, and how he was going to do it. He returned to Nazareth, then went to nearby Capernaum where he declared himself and his intentions – in fulfilment of the Old Testament prophesies.(Return to top)
  • It seems likely that Jesus didn't go into the desert just to see if he could resist hunger and temptation but to prepare himself for his ministry in a similar way that people who are about to be ordained as a priest today go 'on retreat' just beforehand to prepare themselves for it.
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In Capernaum, Jesus called together 12 'Disciples' to train them to become 'Apostles' after he returned to heaven. He then began going around the region teaching a clear understanding of God and his Laws, which demonstrated his authority, and healing the sick, which revealed his divinity.

Jesus himself continues to teach but he also gives the Apostles practical experience by sending them out in pairs to the local towns and villages to spread his message. He's challenged to say who he is, and he tells 'Parables' to compare his more difficult teaching with things people were already familiar with. (Return to top)
  • It was common for a Jewish Rabbi (teacher) to have twelve ‘apprentices’.

  • Disciple = any follower.
  • Apostle = someone sent out with a message.
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Module 3/4 Phase 2 – Ministry Completed
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Module 3/5 Phase 3 – Reconciliation For Our Sin
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Module 3/6 Phase 4 – Resurrection and New Life
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