Catechism 20

Who is the Redeemer?

The only Redeemer is the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, in whom God became man and bore the penalty for sin himself.

(New City Catechism)


From Adam’s flesh

the perfect Man:

God, human, redeeming what

the apple’s curse has eaten.


Who else? Our kinsman,

yet not like us:

stands firm where we falter,

lives not by bread alone.


Unflinching before the snake,

He bows where we exalt,

obeys where we hide in leaves

and stands unashamed.


Truth astonishes;

determinism lurks in cracks

but light shines life where death should be

and silences the night.