June 11, 2008

The Creed - Jesus Christ

My friends,

Last week, we considered the first line of the Apostles' Creed. This week, let's look at the next several lines about Jesus Christ.

(I believe) ...in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord;
Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.

I believe... in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord
In parallel to the description of God in the Creed, there are several brief but powerful words about Jesus. Jesus is the Son of God. First, that's "son" not "child"; Jesus was born a mortal human being. To be human is to have a gender, and He does. Jesus truly was God's son; His death was a personal sacrifice and an act of obedience not just to God but to a father.

Jesus is a son, a living man, but He is also our Lord. This duality is one of the hardest to explain and hardest to grasp. Even if we don't understand how it's possible, we still believe that it is.

Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.

Jesus was born of a human woman, but also of God the Father and the Holy Spirit. His beginning, on earth, was very Godly. This contrasts His very painful, very human death.

Jesus was tempted on the cross to come down from it. And He could have! He could have passed through the nails, lowered to the ground, healed His wounds, and walked away with a following of converts. Why didn't He?

Jesus came to give us the ultimate display of humbleness and deference to God's Will. Adam's original sin was one of pride. He was nothing but believed he could make a decision better than God. Jesus is God yet allowed Himself to be killed without just cause. Adam could not fulfill one simple request and one given for his own good. Jesus fulfilled the toughest request - to not only die but die painfully, die unjustly, and die when He could stop it.

Pray this week that we can bear our crosses with just a tenth of the strength, humility, and sacrifice that Christ did for us.

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