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. Who Is Jesus?
  2. The Historical Jesus

    The last 200 years have seen the attempt establish proof and provide evidence to narrow down the Jesus of history.  This raises all sorts of questions regarding things like how we read the Bible and the need for historical detail for the Jesus of faith.

  3. Jesus the Incarnation

    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.

    • God in Human Form? (2.39mins) C4 Archdiocese of Milwaukee
    • Why did Jesus come? (8:46) This covers 4 reasons.(Some serious theology here!)Breaking the Habit
    • A friar shares a story about what the effect and meaning of the Incarnation is for us now. (4.04)
    • The Suffering of Jesus – Jesus shared our life. (43 secs) Catholic Central
    • Can God Suffer? (7 mins) This question is about the incarnation as well as suffering.(Some more serious theology here!) Breaking the Habit
    • Who is Jesus?  – (8 mins ) based on the Creed Aotearoa Catholic
    • 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.
  4. Jesus the Saviour

    By dying, Jesus saved us.

  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 (or Reign) of God
      • The love story of the Bible calls us to mission.  A unifying theme of the Bible is The Kingdom of God.


    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 authoritative 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.