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Believeis a little like a disease that parents pass on to their children. The disease first began when Adam and Eve sinned.Although Adam and Eve had to leave the Garden of Eden after sinning, God promised not to abandon them completely. He said he would continue to be with them and their offspring forever, in good times and in bad.9. How Is Jesus the Savior?For a long time the people of the Old Testament looked forward to the coming of the Messiah. He would make life on earth much better. Foreign kings ruled over the Hebrews muchof the time, but they believed God one day would lead them to lasting freedom and glory.Messiah (in Hebrew) or Christ (in Greek) means the “Anointed One.” It was Jewish tradition to anoint every new king with oil. The Messiah the Hebrews hoped for would be a warrior and king “anointed” by God.To redeem us, God sent his only Son, Jesus Christ, to be born of the Virgin Mary. The angel Gabriel told Mary she would be the mother of the Messiah and that his name would be Jesus, which means “God saves.”There are other names for Jesus, too. Emmanuel means “God with us.” Lord is a name that shows divine power, and Son of God shows the relationship of Jesus to God the Father.10. What Is the Mystery of the Incarnation?Jesus became a human child so that he could help all persons become children of God. We call Jesus’act of taking on human nature the Incarnation. This word literally means “taking on flesh,” and it expresses a great mystery: In Jesus, both divine nature and human nature exist together perfectly and completely.We say that Jesus Christ is true God and true man. For this reason he is the perfect mediator between God and human beings. A mediator is someone who heals divisions, and Jesus took flesh in order to heal the division between God and human beings caused by sin. Jesus overcame this division by giving himself up on the Cross. The love that powered this sacrifice overcame the sins of the world.11. What Is the Mystery of the Immaculate Conception?God chose the Virgin Mary to be the mother of Jesus. From the moment that Mary’s life started inside her mother, God kept Mary free from sin. The mystery of her freedom from sin is called the Immaculate Conception.The Church celebrates the Feast of the Immaculate Conception on December 8. Remember that the Church observes the conception of Jesus on March 25, the Feast of the10

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