13D – Jesus the Christ

Who is Jesus? When did he live? How does he have such an impact on the world community so long after he died? What do Catholic believe about the life, death and resurrection of Jesus? The Gospels do not tell us what Jesus looked like but we can be sure that Jesus did not look like a Hollywood movie star as we often depict him today. He was a Mediterranean Jew and so would have looked much more like a contemporary Middle Eastern man.

  1. Jesus Saves Us

    By dying, Jesus saved us.

    What does it mean Jesus saved us?  exploring the meaning of sacrifice and new covenant.

    Jesus sacrifice of his life restored the friendship of God and humankind.

    Jesus was betrayed by one of his friends, mocked, spat on, beaten up, nailed to a cross and left to die.

    What does this mean for us? 
    question and answer session about the Redemption.

  2. Jesus Christ

    From Jesus to Christ.

    • An archaeological viewpoint on Crucifixion. Using the evidence of Jehohanan, a man crucified about 7AD, archaeologists explain the physical aspects of crucifixion.
    • A look at the arrest and execution of Jesus. Questions such as why was Jesus crucified are considered from a societal and political perspective.
    • What can we really know about Jesus? Because we don’t have access to Jesus, we can only find out about Him through how he was interpreted by his followers and those outsiders who had ‘heard’ about Him.
  3. What Does the Church Teach About Jesus?

    The mystery of the Incarnation is that Jesus is truly God and truly human, and that while God, he was human like us in all things, however he did not sin.

    • I believe in Jesus Christ, the only Son, our Lord… (The creed).
    • The Catholic Encyclopaedia considers the Incarnation in depth, treating the Scriptural perspective, the tradition of the Church, the heresies (errors in belief) and the effects of the Incarnation.
    • Summary of the Incarnation.
    • Jesus Christ – God and man. Topics covered include, God, man, teacher, redeemer, and Jesus two natures.
    • question and answer session about the Incarnation.
  4. Who Is Jesus?

    New archaeological discoveries in Jerusalem that could show the earliest witness to belief in the resurrection of Jesus.

    Knowing Jesus a video that explores the question “who is Jesus?” in a contempoary world.

    A look at the character of Jesus from the viewpoint of His relation to humankind. Consideration of Jesus in the light of faith.

    Discussion provoking arguments for Jesus’ claim to be the Messiah.

    The Jesus Institute historical sources describe Jesus.

  5. Support Resources for AS90824

    Your assessment on the topic Jesus the Christ may be to Achievement Standard 90824.  If this is the case the following information and resources might be useful to you.


    Remember that these are resources that fit the generic title of the standard.  You should read the actual standard 90824, the national moderator’s report, and the assessment task that your school has set.


    To meet AS 90824 you are required to consider in detail and break down into components or essential features a significant message in the sacred text using a wide range of supporting evidence.  A range of supporting evidence needs to be given and a wide number of supporting evidence sources are required for excellence. Supporting evidence  may be obtained from authoritative sources such as creedal statements and conciliar statements. The following theme may be explored.

    • Jesus as Saviour/Redeemer
      • Some of the information in the Jesus Saves Us section of the classroom will be useful background information.
      • A presentation of how Christ came to redeem humanity.
    • Covenant
      • How Jesus is the final and greatest covenant between God and the People of God and how this covenant calls all believers to spread the Good News of Jesus the Christ.
      • A list with references of the important covenants of the Bible.
    • The Kingdom of God
      • The love story of the Bible calls us to mission.  A unifying theme of the Bible is The Kingdom of God. This long article is worth looking at for information about other themes as it explores a range including redemption/salvation.


    You need to make sure that you look at the significant theme within the Bible.  Supporting evidence comes from within the text as well as authoritive sources.


    FaithCentral would love to know about sites that you have found useful in your preparation for assessment to any achievement standard. We are also keen to know what you would find helpful to have on FaithCentral. What theme are you being asked to explore? If we know then we can try to find useful resources for the site. Please share your resources and views with us via ncrs@tci.ac.nz. Remember we are not miracle workers and will not be able to help the night before the task is due in.